5. Unsurprisingly, Chinese workers’ strikes are not only driven by economic interests. They are increasingly demanding more general workers’ rights such as the right to form free trade unions outside the government controlled All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU);
7. Although China has not joined the ILO, a network of regional workers/labour scholars has gradually been established. They have increasingly interacted across different and areas including, for example, South Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Several informal workshops of this network have been part of this research project.