When forging ahead at unprecedented speeds, it’s easy to forget to turn around and look at what you’ve left in your wake. Since 1978, when China first embraced reform and opening up, the country has been developing at rates unseen by other nations. The world has applauded China’s economic advances, its efforts to lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, and its potential to overtake the United States as the largest economy in the world. Although China has managed to achieve great things in recent decades, such rapid change comes at a price. Let’s take a look at the cost of China’s development.

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