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The toxic threat to China's rise

The 'hidden' costs of environmental pollution are huge and may rise if safeguards are removed in the interests of boosting a Covid-19-stricken economy

Qingxia, a village of 1,500 in the industrial city of Zhuzhou in Hunan province, has the ignominy of being one of hundreds of "cancer villages" in China.

As much as 10 per cent of its population suffer from cancer, a startling number when put against the national average of 1 per cent.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 13, 2020, with the headline 'The toxic threat to China's rise'. Subscribe