Marketplace AM for January 12, 2006
Bold predictions abound that by 2030, if not sooner, China will become the world's largest economy. But getting there may depend on more than just making stuff for really cheap. To sustain that growth, China needs to move up the food chain. For our Sustainability Desk, Sam Eaton reports from the southern city of Shenzen near Hong Kong.
All week we've been profiling a middle-class family in Shanghai - 30-something parents with a young daughter. Today we meet their housekeeper, Zhao Xue. She's 43 years old, and one of 200 million Chinese who have left the countryside for the city. It's a huge chapter in China's ongoing trend of urbanization. Scott Tong has her story.