Residents of the Chinese city of Tianjin are demanding the compensation from government in the aftermath of August 12 explosions at a chemical warehouse that caused damage to at least 17,000 homes.
A number of small protests sparked on Monday, as people are refusing to return to their home even after they have been ruled safe. High levels of sodium cyanide, a lethal chemical that can be fatal if inhaled or ingested, have been reportedly detected in the area by wastewater monitors. Metro talks to Fahim Masoud, analyst at the foreign affairs publication International Policy Digest, who analyzed the news.
The incident in Tianjin is a tragedy and one that will have large ramifications for the government of China. China does not want to pay compensations because it's afraid of the domino effect theory. How many other big businesses are there that have been built in such a way that may blow up in the future? This requires a large compensation. China doesn't want to keep paying for such incidents that will claim lives and will cost millions in damages.