Some Datong city residents carry coal from the mine back to their home for heating and cooking. Photo: Simon Song

Decline and fall: the broken dreams of a Chinese coal-mining city struggling to address industrial overcapacity

The road ahead appears bleak and uncertain as China’s economy slows and it grapples with a series of deep-rooted problems that only a massive structural overhaul can resolve. In the first of a three-part series, Zhou Xin explores broken dreams in one coal-mining city as it struggles to address excessive industrial capacity and overdevelopment

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Some Datong city residents carry coal from the mine back to their home for heating and cooking. Photo: Simon Song
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