Over the past month, a wave of protest has electrified China's tech world: a movement against long work hours.

The Anti-996 campaign, named after the 9am-9pm shifts six days a week common to many of the country's tech giants, has gained such traction that it is already the second-most-favourited project on GitHub, the Microsoft-owned code-sharing platform that is essential to many Chinese companies.

The call has sparked reactions from Beijing to Silicon Valley, where Microsoft workers have called on Chinese tech companies to respect local labour laws limiting workers to 40 hours a week (with a further 36 hours per

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