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Based on interviews with over 100 informants and documentary research, this article studies labor strikes and pension systems in relation to migrant workers in China and Vietnam. It makes two major contributions. First, taking two widely reported strikes in the countries as illustrations, it sheds light on pension-driven strikes staged by migrant workers, and highlights the similarities and differences in the two countries. Second, current studies on pension systems for migrant workers in China and Vietnam predominantly resort to legal-text and document analysis, and seldom investigate how migrant workers react to and influence the state’s policies. This article brings social actors, workers specifically, back into the study of pension policies. By interrogating the dynamics between the key policy-maker (the state) and social actors (workers), we portray a more thorough and comprehensive picture of how pension policies in the two countries have developed.