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What does the contract state about where and under whose law any disputes are to be resolved?
This is a tough situation. One option is to see if the HK company will agree to international arbitration through the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC). There are currently very little enforcement mechanisms in place when such ventures fail and your remedy is to sue the company in the HK court system.
American companies that have disputes with private firms often request U.S. Government intervention with Chinese authorities on their behalf. The USA government claims that such intervention is rarely appropriate unless the company has exhausted all remedies under China's legal system. When a dispute is in the Chinese court system, Embassy officers will intervene on behalf of an American company only in extremely limited circumstances and in accordance with U.S. government guidelines.
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1. You can contact the HK company and ask if they will submit to international arbitration in HKIAC.
2. If that fails, then you will need to hire a HK lawyer to sue them in HK court.
3. If that case is not going so well once filed, then you can see if the USA government can assist you.
4. If you sue the company on American soil, you may win a judgment but there is no way to enforce it in HK.
Sorry, as I stated earlier, there are not a lot of great options here. You can try to file online complaints to alert others to your negative experience. See this link for an example.