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The never-ending strike

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A man uses his smartphone flashlight to light up his bowl of noodles as he eats breakfast at a restaurant during a blackout in Shenyang, in northeastern China's Liaoning province, Wednesday. People ate breakfast by flashlight and shopkeepers used portable generators as power cuts imposed to meet official conservation goals disrupted manufacturing and daily life. Olivia Zhang/AP hide caption

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Why China has to ration electricity and how that could affect everyone

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