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The exodus highlights how many Chinese see a better future abroad.

While China’s policies have lifted millions out of poverty over the past two decades, the authoritarian communist government tightly controls many aspects of daily life. China’s leaders punish dissent and any perceived challenges to their power, and censor what can be read online and in print. They forcibly limit most families to one child.

Meanwhile, single-party rule has failed to stop a growing rich-poor divide or address problems of pollution and contaminated food.

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