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China Urges Officials to Dine Out and Shop to Boost Consumption

Travelers dine near empty seats in a restaurant in Shanghai.

Travelers dine near empty seats in a restaurant in Shanghai.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

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Local officials in China are being encouraged to take the lead in patronizing restaurants and shopping malls that are opening after weeks of being shut down amid the coronavirus outbreak, part of a push to get its economy back on track.