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Trade Unions
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The development of trade unions took place in close connection with the evolution and politics of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Guomindang (GMD), both parties seeking to exert influence over the movement. While in the 1920s the CCP strived to gain a foothold among skilled workers eager for economic and political change, the GMD c…

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Gransow, Bettina, “Trade Unions”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 30 November 2022 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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