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American Executive Released from Factory

Chip Starnes, an American businessman who was held hostage by workers at his factory outside Beijing, has been released after five days. Starnes, a co-owner of Specialty Medical Supplies, was prevented from leaving his...

SF Projects Get China Loan, With String Attached

One of America’s largest property developers has secured $1.7 billion of financing from a Chinese bank to build two San Francisco housing projects, but on the condition that a Chinese state-owned construction company have...

Labor Unions to ‘Hire’ Leaders

China Daily reports on the newest developments for labor union leaders: Labor union leaders across the country will receive their salaries from higher-level unions instead of companies that employ them by 2011, the All-China...

Foxconn Suicides: Why Higher Pay Won’t Work

Kathleen McLaughlin writes for Global Post: Taiwan’s Foxconn, a key supplier to Apple, Sony, Motorola and most other big tech companies, has agreed to raise basic salaries by 65 percent (to $293 a month) in its massive Shenzhen...

Unions In China Still Feeble, But Gaining Foothold

From Christian Science Monitor: Almost all the Fortune 500 companies in China will allow unions to open in their factories, according to union leaders who are wrapping up this week a 100-day campaign to organize workers in some...

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