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The Price of Progress in China: 'We Traded Our Lives for Development'

For four years at the turn of the century, Wang Zhaohong worked on a demolition crew in Shenzhen, clearing the way for the once-tiny border village to become a bustling metropolis. Now, emaciated and struggling for breath, the bedridden 50-year-old says the work he did will end up killing him. Without proper safety equipment, he and his colleagues from a remote county in Hunan province inhaled so much construction dust during Shenzhen's development boom that they contracted...

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