Fushun’s coal production gradually fell to 5.29 million tonnes last year, a fraction of what was produced in the heyday of the 1960s and 1970s. Photo: WeChat

China’s rust belt cities shrouded in uncertainty as exhausted natural resources shake China’s foundations

  • With economically extractable coal exhausted and a lack of technology and capital to safely mine deeper underground, mines are shutting down one by one
  • Bureaucratic, state-run mentality that goes back to Japanese dominance early last century hindering efforts to revitalise China’s earliest industrial success
Topic |   China economy

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Fushun’s coal production gradually fell to 5.29 million tonnes last year, a fraction of what was produced in the heyday of the 1960s and 1970s. Photo: WeChat
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China’s northeast rust belt hopes to revitalise growth and regain its place in the world’s second largest economy. Photo: Reuters

China’s Northeastern rust belt was once ‘eldest son’, now struggling as runt of the litter

  • Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang were birthplace of China’s industrialisation in 1950s, but now contribute just 6.3 per cent to gross domestic product combined
  • People's Republic of China founding father Mao Zedong called the region the country’s ‘eldest son’ on whose shoulders the family’s future rests
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China’s northeast rust belt hopes to revitalise growth and regain its place in the world’s second largest economy. Photo: Reuters
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