How is your organization at risk?
In June 2013, an American CEO arrived in Beijing to move equipment into new facilities, and was imprisoned by distrustful employees for nearly a week. Similar crises occur hundreds of times each year in mainland China.
Washington Post: http://wapo.st/1dm99cR
In 2013, the finance director for GlaxoSmithKline China was barred from traveling outside of China amid allegations of company-wide corruption. The British citizen was neither detained nor questioned, and no reason was given for his de facto imprisonment.
In September 2012, disputes over ownership of a tiny island chain off the coast of Taiwan led to anti-Japanese riots across China. Protesters set fire to facilities owned by Toyota, Panasonic, and JUSCO department stores, while thousands of rioters broke into a hotel housing the Japanese Consulate General.
Wall Street Journal: http://on.wsj.com/1w3ghFt
In 2003, Hong Kong became an economic ghost town when the SARS outbreak forced multinationals to evacuate their entire staff. Fears echoed again recently in May 2015 with an outbreak of Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome in the city.
South China Morning Post: http://goo.gl/xrKIsW
In May, 2015, a BBC news crew was imprisoned for two nights in Qatar for reporting on World Cup laborers. The crew was invited by the prime minister’s office, and were allowed to rejoin the press junket after release from prison. Their equipment was not returned.
Product Extortion and Tampering
In the last year, China has prosecuted dozens of media outlets for bribery and publishing false reports about product quality. These reports were purchased by rival corporations seeking a competitive edge. As of yet, no companies who purchased these services have been publicly prosecuted.