Blasts in China spark fears over safety

Kunshan electronics factory
Kunshan electronics factoryPHOTO: REUTERS
Yancheng industrial park
Yancheng industrial parkPHOTO: REUTERS
Zhangjiakou gas leak
Zhangjiakou gas leakPHOTO: EPA-EFE

Concern over lax enforcement of rules amid slowing economy

China's industrial heartland has been rocked by explosions in the past few weeks, sparking anger and fears that safety will be sacrificed for economic growth as the Chinese economy continues to slow.

On March 21, a massive explosion at a chemical plant in Yancheng city, Jiangsu province, left 78 dead and hundreds more injured.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 08, 2019, with the headline 'Blasts in China spark fears over safety'. Print Edition | Subscribe