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>> This is the city of Chongqing in China's coal heartland after a major pollution cleanup. Dozens of mines and chemical plants have been shut down as part of President Xi Jinping's war on pollution. Cleanup has come at a heavy economic cost, but Chongqing is under pressure to do more.
It's a story that's repeating itself across the country as Beijing tries to figure out just her far it can go to reign in pollution without throwing the bricks on an economy already showing signs of a slow down. Reuters David Stanway visited Jincheng to learn more.>> Jincheng was in trouble earlier this year for failing to meet its pollution target.
The mayor was summoned to Beijing, to the environment ministry in Beijing where he told leaders in the capital that the city was already suffering as a result of the crackdown on polluters. That its economy shrank 9% to the first quarter of this year. So they're already suffering but they're still struggling to meet their targets.
>> And things may get worse as the season grows colder, and the country burns more coal to keep warm. Every winter Beijing locks in a raft of pollution-cutting measures to try and keep the air breathable. Last year, Jincheng struggled to keep up, racking up hundreds of violations. It was the worst performer on a list of 28 northern Chinese cities.
This year, inspectors are taking no chances scouring mines and storage depots for rule breaker but Jin Chung isn't alone in its struggles. It's one of many cities in Xiangxi province that together produce nearly 1 billion tons of coal a year. Jin Chung is trying to shift from coal to natural gas and it's asking for financial help from Beijing to make the change.
But meanwhile, for locals like farmer
the damage is already done. His home is riddled with cracks from shifting ground, a legacy of coal mining. He says that when it comes to the problems of ordinary people, the government has no answers.