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In early July, protests in Jiangmen, Guangdong resulted in authorities backing down from plans to construct a uranium plant. This is not the first time Chinese citizens have tangled with authorities and come through on a number of issues. Successful protests in China have taken place across the country, from Sichuan to Jiangsu to Ningbo. Once upon a time, it was the marginalized in rural areas of China driven to desperation. In contrast, today’s protestors are educated and well-off, seeking to prevent the (urban) environment they live in from becoming a cancer village. The Chinese government would predictably take a hard-handed approach towards politically-motivated demonstrations or even rural protests but concessions are more forthcoming in such NIMBY, or not-in-my-backyard protests.