Green v growth: Beijing weighs the price

The tension between China's slowdown and its climate ambitions has global implications

Until a few years ago, business was good even if the air was bad in Dazhang village, a town deep in the Baiyangdian wetlands of northern China that has long prospered from one main industry: processing duck feathers for use in clothes and pillows.

Residents had access to water from the marshes and cheap coal to fuel rudimentary boilers. Luxury cars threaded through rutted streets.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 04, 2019, with the headline 'Green v growth: Beijing weighs the price'. Print Edition | Subscribe