Teenage labourers, torn between corruption and administration, and a communist nation with capitalist ambitions and home to the cheapest goods one can ever desire: that pretty much sums up China these days. Their price does the trick, and that too every time. What drives the Chinese? "I believe we are all fundamentally the same: we all want a better life for ourselves and our children. The Chinese are no exception. But unlike some other countries, they are still emerging from an era of great isolation and deprivation. Take, for example, Li Luyuan, one of the women whose story I tell in the book. She comes from a poor family of watermelon farmers in eastern China, but dreams of a job as a saleswoman, far from the life her parents live," remarks Ms Alexandra Harney, author of The China Price.