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China nearly killed me

China’s pollution is making people ill—and the health system is ruthless

A child plays along a railway in a shanty town in Shenyang, Liaoning province. Millions of migrant workers live in shacks in China’s cities. © China Photos/Getty Images

Flying back to Beijing after a period of absence, I feel the familiar anxiety. As I leave the airport and breathe the morning air, I glimpse the sun, a smudgy disk floating in…

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