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Closer look: Assassination Report Has China Talking About Ageism

By Wang Mingting, Li Rongde and Qi Zhanning

(Beijing) — Three unrelated events in recent days have touched a raw nerve in China where age-based discrimination remains rampant — especially in workplaces — even though the government is trying push back the retirement age to cushion the impact of an increasingly aging population.

An internet user who claims to be a former employee of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., one of China’s leading telecom equipment makers, accused the company in a widely read online post last week of laying off workers above the age of 34. The writer also said those older than 40 at Huawei’s R&D departments were shown the door.

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