Once nicknamed China’s industrial heartland, the northeast region has been in economic decline. In an attempt to develop this region on a par with the country’s economic success, a plan was proposed in 2003 to revitalize and reform the region’s economic structure and upgrade its technology. While challenges such as reallocation of laid-off workers remain, the region has reported an increase in foreign investment.

In 2003 Wen Jiabao, premier of China’s State Council, announced a plan

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