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The introduction of capitalism, accompanied by rapid industrialisation over the last 30 years, has turned China into a seething cauldron of discontent. Conditions faced by the workers, many of them migrants with no rights, are similar to Victorian times in Britain. “Masses of labourers, crowded into factories, are organised like soldiers”, explained Marx and Engels in the Communist Manifesto, which is a fitting description of working life in China today. The scene is being set for a massive social explosion.