China’s growing obsession with Buddhist paintings has transformed life in the historically Tibetan village of Wutun — and sparked local soul-searching about the trade-offs between economic progress and religious faith.
Until a decade ago, Chinese archaeologists had never conducted major excavations overseas. Now, as China pours funding into Silk Road research, they are quietly transforming our understanding of the ancient world.
Hollowed out villages populated by aging farmers pose a challenge to the country’s ambitious food security goals.
School closures and consolidations are pushing rural families into towns and exacerbating the rural-urban divide.
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