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Is Red Tape Holding Back China’s Rust Belt?

By Zhang Xin and Li Rongde
Mao Zhenhua has lost 100 million yuan ($15.3 million) annually since his company took a controlling stake in the Yabuli Ski and Tourism Resort (pictured) in 2010, according to a close associate. Photo: Visual China
Mao Zhenhua has lost 100 million yuan ($15.3 million) annually since his company took a controlling stake in the Yabuli Ski and Tourism Resort (pictured) in 2010, according to a close associate. Photo: Visual China

A tirade against bureaucracy posted to social media by the operator of a famous ski resort has renewed discussion about the allegedly “hostile” business environment in China’s economically struggling northeast.

Mao Zhenhua, president of China Chengxin International Credit Rating Co., attacked the administration of the area where the popular Yabuli Ski and Tourism Resort is located in Heilongjiang province, saying his company has gone through “a dark period” due to local government harassment.

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