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Labor Unrest May Deter U.S. Manufacturers from Investing in China

Thirty years of pro-market reform and explosive economic growth made China into a manufacturing superpower. But now China may be facing the inevitable consequence of that economic ascendance: labor unrest.

With a workers' strike stopping production at Toyota's car factory for the second time this month, coming right on the heels of a walkout at four of Honda's facilities, China is witnessing a new phase of worker activism, one that could have a global impact on manufacturers, including those in the U.S.

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Thirty years of pro-market reform and explosive economic growth made China into a manufacturing superpower. But now China may be facing the inevitable consequence of that economic ascendance: labor unrest.

With a workers' strike stopping production at Toyota's car factory for the second time this month, coming right on the heels of a walkout at four of Honda's facilities, China is witnessing a new phase of worker activism, one that could have a global impact on manufacturers, including those in the U.S.

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