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Millions of jobs at risk in Xi's rustbelt revamp

Beijing has pledged to set aside up to 100 billion yuan to help resettle about 1.3 million coal workers and about half a million employees in the steel industry

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Miners lining up at the beginning of a shift at a coal mine and processing facility in Liulin, Shanxi province. Change is proving to be particularly painful for the people in the province with their narrow mindset and unwillingness to leave home.

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THE black rock of Shanxi province fuelled China's industrial revolution, helping forge the steel that built railways, apartment blocks, office towers and factories across the nation and feeding the electricity plants that power them.

Now, as the Communist Party looks to a

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