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Reuters reveals China coal city bears brunt of pollution crackdown

Reuters reveals China coal city bears brunt of pollution crackdown

Reuters examined the challenges facing the Chinese government as it tries to rein in pollution without further weighing on an economy that is showing signs of a slowdown, exacerbated by the effects of a bruising trade war with the United States. Set in the rugged, overmined city of Jincheng in northern China’s coal heartland, the report highlighted how the closure of dozens of collieries and chemical plants had cut pollution, but at a heavy price to the city’s economy. It underscored the difficulties China faces in striking a balance between reversing the environmental damage done by decades of breakneck growth and keeping their heavy industrial economies afloat.


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