“When I look back at 2017 in China, I see faces,” ChinaFile Visuals Editor Muyi Xiao says. “Some are ambitious, some are earnest, some are upset, some are lost, and some wear expressions I can’t put in words; their fates are intertwined with that of their nation, often beyond their control. I wanted to show these faces, and to thank the photographers who did much more than just shoot their pictures.”

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