An American businessman in China has said that workers at his own factory are holding him hostage in a dispute over money.

Medical supply magnate Chip Starnes said his employees have refused to let him leave since Friday because of a spat over severance pay. He said that large groups of staff follow him around the site in a remote Beijing suburb, blocking all the exits if he tries to escape.

“I have been here a long time,” the 42-year-old said in an interview from inside the factory. “I am not being physically abused or anything like that. The first couple of days were very tough. There was more mental stuff going on."

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