Chinese factories fight a wages inferno

As fears grow over the end to an era of cheap Chinese goods, Beijing is importing North Korean workers to take the heat off wages. But it's a solution that can't last forever.

China is short of people. More specifically, there is a shortage of skilled labour, a trend that is driving wages higher and threatening to undermine China’s international competitiveness – especially when compared to low wage competitors such as India, Vietnam and Indonesia.

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