Another mass explosion rocks China

A massive explosionearlier this week killed 14 people and injured another 147 in the town of Xinmin, Shaanxi Province, destroying a number of buildingsin the working class residential neighbourhood. The cause of the explosion is thought to be due to illegally stored chemicalsfor use in one of the many coal mines that exist in the province. Unfortunately, such massive industrial accidents are not rarein China, due to widespread corruptionand the suppression of independent trade unions.