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Gree Power Woman Dong Battles to Save Her Legacy

By Coco Feng, An Limin, Wang Qionghui and Lin Jinbing
Illustration by Xu Yuanyuan
Illustration by Xu Yuanyuan

(Beijing) — Hundreds of workers marching in military fatigues as loudspeakers blare shrill instructions — since 2013, this has become a recurring scene at the annual staff gathering of China's largest maker of home air conditioners.

Putting thousands of workers through military drills is how Gree Electric Appliances Inc. Chairwoman Dong Mingzhu instills what she calls "iron discipline" and loyalty among her staff.

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