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China’s Youths, Stung by Years of Covid Rules, Fear Grim Job Future


Mandy Liu, a 21-year-old university student in Beijing, believes that anyone who has lived in China during the pandemic can see that the country’s future is looking increasingly uncertain.Covid restrictions were stifling, and employment opportunities were grim. She is set to graduate next year with a degree in tourism management and has submitted more than 80 applications for jobs. She has not received a single offer.Many young people had followed what the Chinese Communist Party told them to do, only to be left disillusioned, Ms. Liu said. “What we are seeing is that people are struggling to survive.”That discontent bubbled over in recent weeks as throngs of students, job seekers and young professionals stormed the streets in major cities ac …

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