The data from the ministry covered the population of per

The data from the ministry covered the population of per

rmanent residents in urban areas, population density and built-up areas in 666 cities between 2014 and 2017.

Sixteen shrinking cities are in Northeast China’s Heilon

gjiang, Jilin and Liaoning provinces, according to the National Business D

aily report. Most of the cities are resource-exhausted or old industrial bases, such as Jixi and Daqing.

Some of the shrinking cities still have increasing built-up areas in recent years, which will lead to low effic

iency in using the urban land and be not conducive to the compact development of cities, the report says.

Ding Changfa, associate economic professor from the Xiamen

University, said that small and medium cities suffered the shrinkage bec

ause they have weak industries and public services, difficult to attract talents to work and live there.

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