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This Is How Chinese Citizens Are Watched and Rated

Views of the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai Bridge Ahead of Commencement of Operations
Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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China’s ambitious plan to assign lifelong scores to citizens based on their behavior has stoked international concern, even as the project remains nascent and numerous hurdles must be overcome before the experiment can be implemented nationwide. In fact, the so-called social credit system is merely an extension of the myriad ways the government already rates its citizens. Here’s a breakdown of the systems China has in place.

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