New Labor Attitudes Fed Into China Riot

The pressures threatening China’s status as the world’s factory floor have been laid bare by a riot this week at a factory that makes parts for Apple Inc. and other electronics companies, a clash that workers said was sparked by onerous security and repressive living conditions.

The consequences of a riot that erupted on Sunday in the Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.’s plant go far beyond the security of Apple’s supply chain, which relies on armies of industrious and docile Chinese workers.

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