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A town in the coastal province of Fujian has become home to more than 140 Vietnamese women who have come to China through matchmaking services.

A 27-year-old Vietnamese woman in her traditional dress walks through Yanxi Town, near Zhangzhou City. She is one of 146 Vietnamese brides who have come to the town over the years through matchmaking agents, which have become popular due to China's large gender imbalance. It is estimated that by 2020, the country will have about 30 million bachelors / CFP (Liu Tao)

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The town's climate and good local economy make it a popular choice for Vietnamese women. Family planning policy and sex-selective abortions mean China has 118 baby boys born for every 100 girls / CFP (Liu Tao)

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A Vietnamese woman builds the foundation of a house. The government estimates there are more than 100,000 of Vietnamese women in China, mostly married to men from rural areas. Fewer than half of the marriages are registered due to legal questions / CFP (Liu Tao)

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One woman who arrived five years ago has set up a store selling Vietnamese products. It has become a place for the brides to meet while their children play / CFP (Liu Tao)

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One of the wives shows the result of an accident at the factory where she worked. Most of the women have no hukou, or household registration, meaning they cannot receive social security benefits. They also find it hard to get work because employers worry they are in the country illegally / CFP (Liu Tao)

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One of the few brides to find work in Yanxi. Matchmaking arrangements can be dangerous. Some agents are human traffickers in disguise and many foreign women are duped into thinking they are going to China for work, only to be forced into a marriage when they arrive. These women often flee back home or to other parts of the country / CFP (Liu Tao)

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A Vietnamese woman displays her passport. She plans to get permanent residency in China, but Zhangzhou has given out fewer than 10 of the permits / CFP (Liu Tao)

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