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Tangshan’s Pollution-Control Measures Fall Victim to Quest for Profits

By Fan Ruohong and Fran Wang
Chinese workers produce steel at a plant in Anhui province on Nov. 7. Tangshan's steel output increased despite restrictions, and this additional output has created more pollution, especially around the New Year's Day holiday. Photo: IC
Chinese workers produce steel at a plant in Anhui province on Nov. 7. Tangshan's steel output increased despite restrictions, and this additional output has created more pollution, especially around the New Year's Day holiday. Photo: IC

(Beijing) — “As virtue rises one foot, vice rises 10”: The Chinese Buddhist proverb is often cited as a reminder to people that the fight for righteousness can be sabotaged by powerful countervailing forces.

Take the case of Tangshan, a coastal city in Hebei province.

Tangshan, which accounts for a tenth of the country’s steel capacity, proved once again that well-intentioned government policies can end up backfiring as profit-minded company managers find ways to skirt the rules.

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