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Those who were hungry were allowed to eat their fill of cooked rice – tasteless, no side dishes, few nutrients. But in the weaving mill of the textile industrial park in Yining County in northwestern Xinjiang near the border with Kazakhstan, the kitchen also offered alternatives. Stuffed dumplings with vegetables, for example, served with delicious sauces – but only for a fee. Similar to the canteen of a German company, one might think.

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