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China’s Revised COVID Death Totals Met With Skepticism

After reporting fewer than fifty coronavirus deaths since the end of the zero-COVID policy, Chinese health officials revised the death toll to 59,938 virus-related deaths in hospitals between December 8 and January 12. Experts...

Translation: Long Lockdowns in China’s Border Towns

As China doubles down on its zero-COVID policy, Shanghai struggles through a sixth week of lockdown, and Beijing expands mass testing and targeted closures, many smaller Chinese cities and towns have endured much longer periods...

Rural Pollution: China’s Bad Earth

At The Wall Street Journal, Josh Chin and Brian Spegele explore the environmental deterioration of China’s countryside, which threatens to undermine both the security of the country’s food supply and the legitimacy...

Photographer Documents Toll of Labor Migration

In 2011, photographer Liu Jie captured the division of Chinese families by labor migration in a series of portraits. Against scenic countryside backdrops, his subjects posed with empty chairs representing family members who had...

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