Inside the Crisis Facing the Migrant Chinese Workers Who Power American Companies

An aging population, a trade war, and now a pandemic have left the Chinese working class reeling

A woman worker assembles earphones for export in a factory in Suining in southwest China’s Sichuan province on Dec. 17, 2019.
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Dexter Roberts. Photo: Mark Bryant

Factory owners are simply turning on the electricity, because usage numbers are how they show they’re back in “business.”

The coronavirus has slammed China hard, but it will eventually pass. What will remain is the fact that China is still on a multiyear economic slowdown.

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