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Strike Halts Production at Toyota Plant in China

Japanese auto companies Honda and Toyota said Wednesday they have halted production at assembly plants in southern China because of a strike at a key parts supplier.

Honda said it had stopped work at two plants of Guangqi Honda, one of its joint ventures in China. Toyota stopped production at a plant in Guangdong province on Tuesday.

The plant closures were the result of a strike at a Denso Corporation plant in Guangdong, which makes fuel injectors used in the Toyota and Honda cars. It was the latest in a string of labor disputes to hit foreign companies operating in China.

The Toyota assembly plant that was closed in Guangzhou is one of the company's largest in China, producing up to 360,000 vehicles a year, or about half of Toyota's total capacity in the country.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.