Drones can help farmers drastically reduce their labour force. Photo: EPA-EFE

China’s rust belt starting to shine with new economy firms, but the prosperous south still leads the way

  • The provinces of Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang began China’s industrialisation in the 1950s, but they now must modernise to boost the economy
  • State-owned enterprises slowing beginning to work with start-ups and research and development institutes to modernise their technology
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Drones can help farmers drastically reduce their labour force. Photo: EPA-EFE
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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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