The workload at Huawei and China's development

The workload at Huawei and China's development

05.01.2019 14:06

By Chaoting Cheng
04.01.2019


Everyone knows, the workload at Huawei is extremely heavy. I cannot deny this judgment because I really worked overtime very often at Huawei, especially when I was working in the R&D! At that time I used to arrive in office at 9am and leave office at 11pm. NO weekend at all! And I was not the most hardworking one. The life was then really tough, but Huawei also offered what a young and ambitious man aspired to, namely good pay, opportunities for career promotion, exciting projects, travelling worldwide and working with outstanding people, and so on. I must emphasize, I have no intention to argue in favor of overtime work. For personal life and health, too much overtime work and too heavy workload are really bad and even could be dangerous. However, for China and Chinese young people, do we really have a better choice other than hard work?

Why has China achieved an unprecedented economic miracle in the past 40 years? Its large, disciplined and skilled labor forces are exactly one of the reasons. The American President Trump claimed, "We have rebuilt China". Did he mean the American people were also one part of the hardworking Chinese labor forces? I belonged to the labor forces previously, but please, I was not the cheap and unskilled labor force, but very good educated one. In 1978 China was still a poor agricultural country, unlike Western Europe, the USA and Japan, China was a latecomer in modernization and without any colony. Therefore, I can hardly imagine China had any other means other than the ruthless and thorough exploitation of its huge demographic dividend to finalize its industrialization and the subsequent industrial upgrade.

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  • chinese-in-germany
    06.01.2019 09:06

    Chaoting Cheng:
    You are right. I mean the exploitation of the demographic dividend has played a key role for China's economic development in the past 40 years. Of course there are also other factors. But now China can not continuely rely on its demographic dividend any more, the Chinese economy must be trasformed to be more creative and innovative. However, this kind of industrial upgrade also means a direct competition against the US, Europe and Japan. I don't think these developed countries would be very happy.

  • chinese-in-germany
    06.01.2019 09:06

    Danqi:
    China may have well used its demographic advantage to transform its economy over the past three decades from scratch, but as this advantage coming to an end early in this century and the aging population increases, China needs to seek other ways to industrialise itself instead of relying on exploiting its labor force. In terms of the quantity as well as the quality of the majority of its labor force, there is really not much left for China to exploit, if it really wants to upgrade its industry in the long run. Hard-working and strictly discplined labor force is a crucial element for a successful economy, but it's just a part of the story. China needs to fundamentally upgrade its labor force en masse AND create an environment truly conducive for innovaiton (which means more than just pumping in money in R&D programmes and promoting eye-catching slogans) before it marches on any further steps of industrialisation.



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