Middle class Chinese are working hard but also shopping like never before and it's playing a significant part in strengthening China's economy.

For decades people stoically suffered low pay, long hours and going to bed early for the good of the Party and the nation.

The Chinese people are still being asked to work hard and play their part strengthening the Chinese economy – but these days it's decidedly easier. All they have to do now is shop, shut up and then go shop some more. “Learning by doing” exhorted Mao – and the Chinese have learnt how to covet brands, crave designer items and spend money like a billion drunken sailors. Paul French/The Telegraph.

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