There is no "Jasmine Revolution" in China, but the Chinese government might be creating the seeds for one through its elevation of social stability above the rule of law, some experts say.
Labour unrest appears to be far from over in southern China, although striking workers at the Japanese-owned Ricoh Elemex factory in Bao’an district in this city were recently forced back to work by local officials accompanied by around 400 armed police officers.
Feng Jun's fight against a local government and the steel mills he believes polluted the water that killed his daughter has cost him nearly everything.
Faced with strikes in recent months, China’s southern Guangdong province is crafting revisions to labour regulations that would allow workers to negotiate pay increases and elect representatives to bargain on their behalf.
Like many who have profited from the electronic waste trade in this southern Chinese town, hospital administrator Lin Banghong does not live there. "I've worked here 10 years and haven't gotten sick," he said.