What has been the impact of China’s accession to the WTO in 2001? Most discussions have focused on the positive impacts from a business perspective.
What has been the impact of China’s accession to the WTO in 2001? Most discussions have focused on the positive impacts from a business perspective. Yet in the period of 1996-2002, a total of 40 million workers were sacked because of restructuring and privatization, and probably 10 million of them were directly related to China’s accession to WTO. This book contains a selection of thirteen in-depth interviews with rank-and-file workers from the service and manufacturing sector in Beijing, Qingdao, Shanghai, Suzhou and Guangzhou in China. Through this book, workers give their own comments on the accession and what it will mean for the country, their enterprises and industry, and themselves. It record the hopes, fears and aspirations of the Chinese working class in the context of China’s deeper integration into the globalization web. This publication is in Chinese, the English language version is to be published later in 2008.