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First-hand experience with dictatorship

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In less than three weeks, the perception of China of 19-year-old Lisa from Muenster has changed dramatically. “I have to completely revise my opinion. I always thought the criticism of this political system was completely exaggerated. Now I’m appalled at what it actually means to live in a dictatorship,” says the young woman, whose Chinese parents had already migrated from Shanghai to Germany decades ago to escape the authoritarian politics of the People’s Republic.

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