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The one-child policy is gone, but its legacy bites deep

Rudong County, once lauded for its commitment to the one-child policy, now feels empty.

BEIJING/DALIAN -- The cobbled streets of Rudong County in China's Jiangsu province are lined with old one-story houses. But something is missing: young people. "What am I supposed to do when my body stops working?" lamented 81-year-old Liu Fang, who lives alone on a pension of 2,000 yuan ($306) a month.

     Living nearby is Li Mei, 89. Now that walking has become difficult, she depends on her 70-year-old son to get by.

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