Fushun was once a coal-rich town in Liaoning province. Photos: Sidney Leng

China’s Northeastern rust belt struggling to retain population as economic slowdown speeds up exodus

  • Tieling and Fushun, two cities in Liaoning province, highlight the problems of shrinking cities in China’s northeastern rust belt
  • Small city governments struggle to adjust development plans for declining population as local resources dwindle and youngsters seek life elsewhere
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Fushun was once a coal-rich town in Liaoning province. Photos: Sidney Leng
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Sidney Leng

Sidney Leng

Sidney Leng joined the Post in 2015 after spending a year and a half working for US media, including National Public Radio and Foreign Policy Magazine. He has been covering China's macroeconomic policies and financial regulations since 2016.