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Wu Yi Means It’s Serious

I have heard it said more than once that you know the Chinese government is taking a serious problem seriously when Vice Premier (“the iron lady”) Wu Yi [1]is sent in to fix it (remember SARS?). So it is with product safety [2]. According to the Wall Street Journal:

In addition to the appointment (and the message it sends), China is imposing new testing requirements on food exporters. The New York Times reports:

So much negative press has been heaped on China in the past few weeks (as though product safety in the multi-national world of trade is a purely Chinese issue!) that the government is right to take harsh action. Hopefully this will result in long-term benefits all round. But it is just one of many issues that will work to ensure Chinese prices will continue creeping up. A price worth paying I think.

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