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Nov 4, 2011
The fact that you admitted to it and tried to downplay it -- is the real joke.
The fact? Your so called friend saying Chinese now are lying flat becomes a fact? can anything be more funny than this? Did " your friend‘’ tell you how hard Chinese people work everywhere, everyday?
Yeah...The US 'lost' in Afghanistan. Now we will just wait for the PLA to reform itself similar to the Taliban.
China can beat you hands down without any reforms, your fast decline alone can do this job for us.


Apr 28, 2009
United States
United States
Did " your friend‘’ tell you how hard Chinese people work everywhere, everyday?
Sure, the Chinese people can be, and have been, hard worker. Now Chinese young are doing something else.

China can beat you hands down without any reforms, your fast decline alone can do this job for us.
Sure...It is hard for someone like me who spent a large chunk of his life in the military to take these comments seriously. But hey...Whatever make you feel like you accomplished something for China on this little corner of the Internet.


Jun 26, 2011
Viet Nam
Viet Nam
My former chinese class mate who also possesses an engineering degree now sells calanders imported from China.
What a waste.
Many of them dream to return to China because they think will become millionaires.
I think its very hard to find good jobs in CN now, specially after CN stamp down worker's salaries and hope factories will not leave CN due to high labor cost and trade war.

Not mentioning many CN companies only use the staff till 35 years old.


Over 35s in China are Struggling to Find Work
Feb 09, 2021 By eChinacities.com
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Over 35s in China are finding it increasingly difficult to find work, according to industry reports and trending conversations on the country’s social media platforms. And the phenomenon has only been exasperated by the economic impact of the pandemic.
Over 35s in China are Struggling to Find Work
According to a survey released last month by the State Council’s Development Research Centre, nearly two thirds of people aged 35 and above were still looking for jobs last September after being laid off at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. The research was based on data from Chinese job portal Zhaopin, which also reported a 15 percent year-on-year rise in over 35s submitting their resumes to the site between February and September. This was more than double the rate for those under 35. Industries heavily affected by the pandemic, such as retail and wholesale, saw a disproportionate increase in resume submissions.
According to the study, nearly half of the job applicants in the 35 and over category fell from middle or high income groups into the low income group as a result of a loss of earnings. The study predicted that a third could only survive for three months at their current level of spending, with 70 percent saying they face economic pressures in the form of medical bills, children’s education costs and mortgage payments.
Complaints about age discrimination in the Chinese job market have also been a topic of conversation on the country’s social media platforms, to the extent that state media has named the trend, “the age 35 phenomenon.” A discussion titled “How does a 40-year-old unemployed person live?” has gained more than 27 million views since last year on Chinese questions website Zhihu, with commenters sharing their frustrations with trying to find work in middle age.

Talking to the SCMP, David Huang said he has not even bothered to apply for jobs after the clothing factory he owned in Guangdong closed last year. “I’m almost 50. Am I going to look for jobs? No. There’s nothing for me out there,” he said. “Finding jobs is too difficult.”

Age discrimination in the workplace is not illegal in China, and many job postings, even for the civil service, specifically request applicants under the age of 35. The trend is particularly prevalent in the tech sector, which prefers hiring fresh graduates who will take lower salaries and not complain about the industry standard hours of 996 (9am to 9pm, six days a week).

Although China is facing an aging population and a shrinking workforce after more than three decades of the one-child policy, youth and energy is still seemingly favoured over age and experience. Diplomas are becoming less valuable since the increase in enrollments at tertiary institutions, and the knowledge of older employees can be learnt by younger workers via reports and internet tutorials.
Shanghai recruiter Sunny Dong confirmed to the SCMP that many of the recruiters she works with set age limits of 35, but insists the requirement is not always set in stone. “I have recruiter friends who do not want applicants over 35 years old … but you give them a good candidate who knows lots of people at international schools for a marketing position and they still hire him. So it’s not absolute,” she said.

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