Dan Harris over at China Law Blog has a horrifying tale from the rep. office in China of what we assume is a U.S. company. The company was declaring bankruptcy and sent an executive to China to inform suppliers that they wouldn’t be getting paid. The suppliers didn’t just take umbrage; they took hostages, forcibly holding the U.S.-passport holding citizens in the rep. office against their will for some days. (The situation, as of the post, remains unresolved.) From Dan’s recounting of the tale and the comments to his post, this is not a unique event, all of which puts the espionage accusations against the four Rio Tinto executives being held without charge by the authorities into a new perspective.