Between 2013 and 2017, the number of residents of Heilongjiang province fell by 460,000 to 37.89 million. Photo: Reuters

Brain drain in China’s rust belt exacerbated by economic decline as talent competition heats up

  • Weaker economies in Northern provinces lead to talented employees moving to prosperous south, which leads to further economic weakness
  • Housing costs are low in the Northeast, but companies in prosperous southern provinces can offer much higher salaries
Topic |   China economy

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Between 2013 and 2017, the number of residents of Heilongjiang province fell by 460,000 to 37.89 million. Photo: Reuters
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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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