60-year-old Zhai Sifang is pictured at her home at Longtan village, Bijie city, Guizhou province. Both of Zhai’s son and daughter have left the village to work in cities, leaving her in village alone. Photo: Simon Song

Urgent need for China to address public health

Rural poverty and those left impoverished by severe illness present a serious challenge to Beijing, which must act swiftly or face political and economic risks

Topic |   Poverty in China

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60-year-old Zhai Sifang is pictured at her home at Longtan village, Bijie city, Guizhou province. Both of Zhai’s son and daughter have left the village to work in cities, leaving her in village alone. Photo: Simon Song
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