Hegang in Heilongjiang has been forced to suspend recruitment for jobs in local government. Photo: Wendy Wu
Hegang in Heilongjiang has been forced to suspend recruitment for jobs in local government. Photo: Wendy Wu

Chinese rust belt city falls victim to squeeze on local government spending

  • The authorities in Hegang, a former mining city in Heilongjiang, have been forced to stop recruiting after being hit by plunging revenues and growing debts
  • The city’s problems highlight the growing pressure on local governments to balance their books as Beijing becomes increasingly concerned about risky debts

Hegang in Heilongjiang has been forced to suspend recruitment for jobs in local government. Photo: Wendy Wu
Hegang in Heilongjiang has been forced to suspend recruitment for jobs in local government. Photo: Wendy Wu
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