The China challenge

Just watched Yang Lan’s excellent talk on ted.com re ‘The generation that’s making China’.  Echoes much of what Martin Jacques writes about in ‘When China Rules the World‘.

Interesting to think about the challenge of having 200m migrant workers in your country – people who have moved from rural areas to work in cities – where they have less rights, less social welfare support and high accommodation costs.  Within the general population of younger people we also have a disproportionate number of males – because of previous government policy of one child per couple and abortions being used to ensure families had a boy in many instances.

When we read that the US is continuing to push for appreciation of the renminbi (which is ongoing) interesting to think what the impact will be on the 200m migrant workers as the factories for which the work become less competitive.

In the talk Yang Lan gives some feel for the challenges facing this Chinese youth.  The numbers are staggering – even in terms of the examples given re use of social networking or micro-blogging, number of followers for individual movie stars, etc.

 

Author: Barry OGorman

Barry O'Gorman is an independent business and IT consultant, based in Dublin, Ireland.

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