Authorities in Beijing are evicting migrant workers from their homes. Some have left the city, others are camping out on the street. With 22 million inhabitants, the city is bursting at the seams. This is a move to cut the population by 2 million.
China is shoring up its sphere of influence in Southeast Asia through aid and investment. By funding infrastructure and development, China can increase its economic and strategic leverage over poorer neighbors.
Though the West may look critically at the fact that China's Communist Party's power is increasing, within China it could mean more prosperity and a fairer distribution of wealth, writes DW columnist Frank Sieren.
Life is getting harder for China's migrant workers, as cheap mass production moves to other countries. The Chinese economy is changing, leaving many low-skilled workers behind.
China wants to base its future economic growth on highly developed automated systems in the workplace. DW's Frank Sieren says that although this is an important strategic step globally, it poses great risks domestically.
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