No more eating bitterness

Chinese wages are rising. What impact will this have on the success of the country's export machine and global inflation?

Do the work of two and do two days in one. That was the ever-inspiring motto of Lishui Economic Development Zone in Zhejiang Province. And it wasn't unusual. In the early 2000s, migrants hoping to gain employment in the province's factories were expected to eat bitterness, a Chinese phrase for enduring hardship in order to power the country's economic growth.

No more. At the most recent National People's Congress, the leadership of the Communist Party reiterated its desire to forge a harmonious society by ensuring that all Chinese workers taste the fruits of the country's economic success.

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