China Growth All Over the Map as Rust-Belt Lags Chongqing: Chart

Death and Despair in China's Rustbelt as Xi Reforms State Firms

A woman sweeps snow in front of cooling towers at a Tonghua Iron & Steel Group Co. plant in the Erdaojiang district of Tonghua, Jilin province, China.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

As China reports gross domestic product today, it’s been a mixed picture region by region. At one end of the scale is Liaoning province in the northeastern rust belt, which grew by just 3 percent year on year in 2015. Contrast that with the sprawling megacity of Chongqing in the southwest, which accelerated 11 percent in the same period.

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