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Shequ: Chinese Communist Party's coronavirus-fighting mini-unit

Despite important roles, residential communities struggle to lure young members

A statue of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong in Shanghai. China's shequ, or residential communities, have sometimes played an intrusive role in citizen's lives, including during the country's one-child policy.    © Reuters

BEIJING -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang proudly said at the National People's Congress on May 22: "We have made major strategic achievements in our response to COVID-19."

A key component on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus were residential communities called shequ, organizations that could be described as residential communities or neighborhood associations.

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