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Tianjin catastrophe raises disturbing questions on safety, China's urbanisation

An aerial view of a large hole in the ground in the aftermath of a huge explosion that rocked the port city of Tianjin, China, on Aug 15, 2015

THE huge explosions that ripped through the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin last Wednesday night have not only thrown the spotlight squarely on the country's abysmal workplace safety record but also raised anew longstanding questions about aspects of China's urban transformation and