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China's abandoned coal miners

Economic growth leads to prosperity, and where there's prosperity the population is generally content. For years that has been the guiding principle behind China's economic policy. But as China's economy slows, that policy is under threat. Up to five million jobs are said to be at risk, triggering fears of social unrest.

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The coal mining city of Shuangyashan in north-eastern China has seen thousands of miners take to the streets in protest, after the state-owned Longmay Mining Group slashed their wages.