The government of China opened its doors to the global economy in the late 1970s, with gradually but steadily increasing competition, trade, and production. The ‘Asian Tiger’ was fueled by export-led development as the number of factories and production facilities spread rapidly across the country. This rapid economic growth exacerbated labor violations, primarily due to the increased incentives for profits and demands of production on Chinese factories. In order to be more competitive, China required a strong labor force; its citizens were thrust into the global economy.
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"The Challenges of Change: Causes and Consequences of Child Labor in China,"
Human Rights & Human Welfare: Vol. 9:
1, Article 45.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.du.edu/hrhw/vol9/iss1/45