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Chinese cities rush into risky specialisation

Local governments are responding to Beijing's call to spur the development of the hinterland by embracing a vast array of industries.

Workers outside the construction site of an online gaming stadium in Zhongxian. Residents are hopeful the gaming complex would boost incomes and generate jobs.


THE first plan was for an "eco-city" that would help pull Zhongxian, a remote city on the hilly banks of the Yangtze River in south-west China, out of poverty. But after a dispute with the local government over land rights, the developers pulled...

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