Die sozialen Spannungen in China nehmen zu, schreibt die LA Times und berichtet über zunehmende Angriffe mit Messern auf Kindern: When Ding Xiuzhen heard about the stabbings at the neighborhood high school, her legs went limp. As many as nine people were killed and four were wounded Thursday when an intruder broke into the dormitory and attacked sleeping students, according to Chinese media reports. "I was so scared I could barely make it down the stairs," said Ding, who lives near the No. 2 High School in Ruzhou in central China's Henan province. "I have a 14-year-old daughter. She is supposed to go there next year. Now there's no way I would let her go to that school. All the parents I know are terrified." The attack was the latest in a wave of assaults on students this summer by knife-wielding assailants. The violence has prompted officials to call for the hiring of guards and tightening of campus security across China. Analysts say the attacks demonstrate how crime has escalated in a country once viewed as virtually crime-free. More than two decades of economic growth have created rising social tensions but few institutions to address them. ... In September, farmer Yang Guozhu woke up, shaved his head, bought some sunglasses and marched into a day-care center in the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou. He used a fruit knife to attack children. Twenty-eight were wounded; the oldest was 6 and the youngest 2. According to Yang's account in Chinese media reports, he was forced to take drastic action because no one would pay attention to his family tragedy.
Weblog zu Chinas Wirtschaft, Kultur und Politik und ihrer Widerspiegelung in den Medien