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China’s vast supply of cheap labour and strength of foreign investment has meant the country has become known as the ‘workshop of the world’.

Clothing manufacture is one of the nation’s biggest earners and China has come a long way since Chairman Mao’s blue tunic suit, producing high quality items for markets across the world

Employment in a factory is highly sort after for rural populations, who can earn many times more on the factory floor than working the fields.
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4 November 2010

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used to introduce Chinese business etiquette. Play the clip first and ask the students to list the different examples of business etiquette. Help the students to conduct their own simulated conversation and design their own business cards in Chinese.