China

Glimpses of Chinese Life

A Young Chinese Businessman  A Chinese friend in his thirties, Chen Lijun, with chiselled features and a ready smile, told me a life story that illuminates China’s twilight socioeconomic condition. He recently left a government post in Beijing for a small private data-processing start-up called Horizon. His previous job at Standard Press, a large publisher deeply entangled with the communist state, paid 6000 yuan (about A$100) a month. Now, as general manager of Horizon, he gets 20,000 yuan a month. He manages twenty-three staff, all younger than himself, works long hours, loves the simple dynamics, appreciates the pay, and a degree of…

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