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
Topic |   China economy

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

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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