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Chinese toys tainted by lead or made by child labour
China makes 80 per cent of the world’s toys, but it has come under attack for its poor safety record (toxic materials and unsafe working conditions). Even standards body has been criticised for corruption. Exports drop.
11/06/2008 CHINA – EUROPEAN UNION
Europe on guard against Chinese goods
EU is only partially satisfied by improved Chinese quality controls. Beijing’s cooperation is forthcoming but better guarantees are needed. Toys, electrical goods, cosmetics and bike tyres are most closely monitored.
Chinese growth slowing down again in May, Wen Jiabao voices concerns
The growth in manufacturing activity is slowing down because of the European debt crisis and government measures to rein in the real estate boom. In Tokyo, Chinese PM Wen warns against the dangers of a second slump, but believes China is on track.
Food safety campaign launched
Food sellers must be able to trace provenance. Authorities impose tighter controls and licensing on local and imported goods. Malaysia rejects tonnes of ‘unsafe’ Chinese food.
Global crisis sinking small- and medium-sized business
Tighter bank lending and need for liquidity are forcing many businesses to borrow with interest rates as high as 180 per cent. The problem is clearly visible in Zhejiang but is expected to spread to Inner Mongolia and Guangdong.
China produces the worst milk in the world
Chinese milk has a low protein level and high levels of bacteria. “What is produced from garbage is garbage,” one critic says. Ordinary people are concerned in the wake of the melamine-tainted milk scandal. The government lowers safety levels because producers cannot meet stricter standards. Some 70 per cent of milk producers would go out of business if forced to meet them.
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