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Young, patriotic and conservative: understanding China’s millennials

Young people like me are ambitious and more plugged in to the world than ever before. But will they bring about a more liberal China?

By Yuan Ren   June 2018

"If you want to prosper, you must control the population", a Chinese Cultural Revolution poster. Photo: by David Pollack/Corbis via Getty Images

Every generation needs to announce that it is different. But the differences are real in today’s China, a country that has been changing so fast that the experience of each age-group is entirely different to what has gone before.

I was born in the 1980s, in the spring of the new China. When I was a child, most families didn’t have a telephone; by the time I was…

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