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A panda at the Giant Panda National Park in Dujiangyan, Sichuan Province, China, on Oct. 18. 

A panda at the Giant Panda National Park in Dujiangyan, Sichuan Province, China, on Oct. 18. 

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

China Is Building the World’s Largest National Park System

The ambitious plan to protect wilderness and support biodiversity could involve mass relocations of impoverished communities.

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This autumn, without much fanfare, China established a new government initiative that could have a profound impact on the nation’s increasingly threatened biodiversity.