While unidentified by standers claim that they had complained for many months, about the dumping of waste at the site nothing was done to stop it. Some residents are placing the blame squarely on the government’s lack of enforcing safety laws.
Shenzhen is part of China’s Great Leap Forward. It was the first city to be designated a Special Economic Zone which has allowed it to become an industrial giant. It has become one of the economic drivers in that country with extensive manufacturing, import/export and financial centers. Its location near Hong Kong has helped in its success.
An unfortunate side effect of the massive changes in China since the 1990s is the increasingly dangerous air pollution levels and the sometimes lax attitude towards worker safety. There are robust laws on the books, but too often they are not enforced. Some say it is because there is simply too much to oversee with the rapidly changing scene but others would cite payoffs and corruption.
Xinhua News Agency
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