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THE END OF CHEAP CHINA: WHAT DO SOARING CHINESE WAGES MEAN FOR GLOBAL MANUFACTURING?

Oranjestad, December 19, 2012 - Travel by ferry from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, in one of the regions that makes China the workshop of the world, and an enormous billboard greets you: “Time is Money, Efficiency is Life”.

China is the world's largest manufacturing power. China now accounts for a fifth of global manufacturing. Its factories have made so much, so cheaply that they have curbed inflation in many of its trading partners. But the era of cheap China may be drawing to a close.

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