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China Blue-Collar Wave Strengthens Xi’s G-20 Hand

The economy may be struggling and stocks slumping, but the working class are doing well under his policies.

Getting ahead.

Getting ahead.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

A blue-collar wave is rising in China — and buoying Xi Jinping.

In most countries, a slowing economy and a sinking stock market would put some heat on politicians. Not in China. A working class that numbers more than 400 million has President Xi’s back.