Special times call for special measures: what it’s like in China ...

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Special times call for special measures: what it’s like in China right now

Endless checkpoints, constant suspicion as two journalists try to chronicle a nation under quarantine

Martin Pollard and Thomas Peter

It was a late afternoon on a blue-sky day in Jiujiang, a city that borders Hubei, the central Chinese province worst hit by the coronavirus.

We were riding in our taxi along a main road en route to our next destination, a large bridge over the Yangtze River, which we heard had been shut down by a checkpoint as transport links with Hubei were all but severed.

Then we noticed a police car driving alongside us. A voice over the car’s loudspeaker ordered our driver to pull over...

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