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Does China still need us?

Matthias Mersch has not seen his wife for one year, eight months, and nine days. In March 2020, he was surprised by the Covid pandemic while on a vacation back home. “I thought the whole thing would be over in a few weeks,” the 60-year-old recounts from his Covid exile in Bavaria. Like many people whose lives are closely tied to China, Mersch has only fallen on deaf ears over the past months. His wife works in China while he is stuck in Germany.

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