Charoen Pokphand

Chip Starnes tells of his ordeal after he was held hostage by workers at his factory. Photo: AFP

More vocal Chinese workers give foreign investors pause

Social instability in mainland China is increasingly a major concern for foreign investors, with the deal-making process often involving more than just the buyer and the seller - as local governments and even workers are capable of tearing up carefully negotiated agreements at the 11th hour.

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