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China [electronic resource]: Global Factory?

How did China go from agrarian-based communism to being the world's top source for consumer goods? By following three European buyers obtaining wholesale merchandise, this program explores China's manufacturing industry and its attempt to balance economic concerns with political and social ideals. Visiting Chinese factory towns, the buyers meet an ex-communist CEO who talks about what changed after Mao died; manufacturers frustrated by the Western demand for low-cost products made without violating human rights; and workers who say that free housing, even at one room per family, is fair exchange for long hours and low pay. With commentary from economists and historians, the video also examines China's resolve to produce goods for its own middle class, and what European companies are [...]
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2010