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As China sneezes, its resource-dependent northeast catches cold

Heilongjiang Gov. Lu Hao, a rising star in China's Communist Party, woos Japanese investors at a June 16 event in Beijing.

DALIAN, China -- Three provinces in northeastern China are trying to shake up the structure of their struggling, resource-dependent economies. Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning provinces are suffering from downturns in their key resource and shipping industries due to an increasingly sharp slowdown nationwide.

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