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Meng Wenzhou, the Two Michaels and China Hostage Taking: What YOU Need to Know

About a year ago, I spoke at a Berkeley Law School class regarding hostage taking in China. I presume I was brought on to speak about this because I helped Professor Chris Carr write an academic article on hostage taking in China, Commercial Hostages: Local vs. Foreigner Business Disputes in China. At my Berkeley talk,

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China Hostage Situations With a New Twist

It has been nearly three years since we did a post on foreigners being held hostage in China. Since our China lawyers still regularly get contacted regarding China hostage situations, that has undoubtedly been too long. To make matters worse, we have recently started hearing of a new and horrific twist. But before I go

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Held Hostage in China: How to Make Like Carlos Ghosn and Escape

I’ve been somewhat surprised at how many emails our international lawyers have gotten regarding Carlos Ghosn’s Hollywood-like escape from Japan. Some — including journalists — have asked our views on what happened in Japan. We are getting these questions because we spent many years representing Sea Shepard in and against Japan, including helping out in

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How to Reduce Your Chances of Getting Kidnapped in China

Yet another story of an American businessperson held in China for his company’s unpaid debt. Hate to say we told you so, but we told you so. This latest debt-hostage story was brought to my attention by Jeremiah Jenne. Jeremiah asked me about it by sending the following: Sure to be more to this story

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How Not to Get Kidnapped in China

China can be very dangerous for foreigners whose companies might owe money. A few weeks ago, a reader e-mailed one of my law firm’s international lawyers with an article regarding China’s recent jailing of California businessperson Brian Horowitz over a debt he (his company?) allegedly owed a Chinese company. I have been assiduously following the

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How to Move Your Manufacturing Out of China Safely

With companies falling all over themselves to move their manufacturing out of China to reduce their risks (and their tariffs), my law firm’s international manufacturing lawyers are not only hearing from many companies wanting to leave China, but from many companies in big trouble for not having properly engineered their leaving China. In The Single

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The Right Way to Reduce Your China Product Costs

In China Factories Are Exporting Lower Prices Around the World, Bloomberg News wrote this week about something our internmational manufacturing lawyers have been seeing: Desperate Chinese factories are lowering their prices. Are all Chinese factories desperate? Absolutely not. Are all Chinese factories lowering their prices? Near as we can tell, a great many are, especially

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“Mexico is the New China” and Manufacturers are Moving There

The above is a direct quote from a client for whom my law firm is now in the process of helping his company move its production from China to Mexico. He said this about China and Mexico, right after setting saying that he “is done with China” because his company is unable to sell a