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BBC: Toxic legacy of economic growth

Author: Damian Grammaticas, BBC’s China correspondent

China has captured chunks of the global economy, creating jobs for millions. But doing things cheaply has come at a cost, with health and environmental issues on the rise along with economic growth.

Numerous denim factories have created jobs in the town of Xintiang – but residents say they have also polluted some of the town’s rivers.

In Xinglong in the south, resident Cao Jiangang is convinced that factories there are to blame for his 47-year-old mother’s liver cancer.

China’s next leaders are inheriting a toxic legacy. They have plans for cleaner growth, but that will be slower and more expensive. Here’s my report:

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What is the environmenal toll of China’s economic growth?

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About Damian

Damian joined the BBC in 1994 as a trainee reporter for BBC Television News.

For the past decade he has worked as a foreign correspondent based in Hong Kong, Moscow and Delhi before moving to Beijing in 2009.

Damian grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, where he was born in June 1970.

He graduated from Corpus Christi College Cambridge in 1992 with a degree in English literature.

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