China’s “rust belt” is hoping that a push toward renewable energy, such as from this wind power station in Jilin province, will help the region reverse decades of economic stagnation. Photo: Xinhua
China’s “rust belt” is hoping that a push toward renewable energy, such as from this wind power station in Jilin province, will help the region reverse decades of economic stagnation. Photo: Xinhua

Can green transition help China’s northeast shake off its ‘rust belt’ moniker with a new clean-energy engine?

  • Although Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces remain dependent on coal and steel industries, renewable energy is expected to produce more economic opportunities moving forward
  • But critics question if green-energy build-up will be enough for the region to counter ingrained economic issues that have hindered past efforts at revitalisation.

China’s “rust belt” is hoping that a push toward renewable energy, such as from this wind power station in Jilin province, will help the region reverse decades of economic stagnation. Photo: Xinhua
China’s “rust belt” is hoping that a push toward renewable energy, such as from this wind power station in Jilin province, will help the region reverse decades of economic stagnation. Photo: Xinhua
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