As a China resident, AsiaPundit takes great care when buying products for his child, generally avoiding foods or toys designed for the local market. While overseas, AP generally trusts that ‘Made in China’ products do meet a higher level of safety standards. Most of the time…
“Just in the last month, a ghoulish fake eyeball toy made in China was recalled after it was found to be filled with kerosene..”
We are not shocked by lead-paint being used on toy trains. But Kerosene-filled fake eyeballs?Â DesignedÂ forÂ childrenÂ three-and-up? That’s truly a product worthy of Irwin Mainway.
Consumer Reporter: … Well, we’d like to show you another one of Mr. Mainway’s products. It retails for $1.98, and it’s called Bag O’ Glass. [ holds up bag of glass ] Mr. Mainway, this is simply a bag of jagged, dangerous, glass bits…
“Any other executive with a similar track record would have been reassigned, if not fired, long ago.”
“Youâ€™ve just arrived in your 5-Star room at the Shanghai Hilton and unpacked your fancy new Apple laptop. As you pull the top off the mini bottle of Hennessey XO, you finally turn to your instructions from the editor back home. 2000 words by Monday about the important issues facing China today. Easy.”
“For a conservative estimate, calculating at 2000 counties, then the fees spent across the country on hiring new web cops will reach 2,995,200,000 yuan (that is, 2.9952 billion yuan). How much of this expense is necessary?”
As China is faced with a WTO complaint alleging that the country is being deliberately lax in enforcing copyright and intellectual property rights, AsiaPundit knew that a crackdown was in the air.
And that was even before there were any noticeable toxic emissions:
China sets fire to pirated goods in latest crackdown
BEIJING (Reuters) - China launched a new nationwide crackdown on pornography and pirated tapes and DVDs on Saturday, setting fire to 42 million offending items, Xinhua news agency said. . .
Of the items destroyed, smuggled and pirated audio/video, software, electronic publications made up 30 million, and pirated and illegally published books and magazines totaled 11 million
If AsiaPundit were still a reporter he may ask: ‘Were any environmental impact studies done on the effect of burning 30 million discs?; ‘How toxic were the fumes for those unprotected officials and laborers in the ?’; ‘How will this adversely impact the achievement of Premier Wen’s emission reduction target?’
Torching 10 million books that could have been recycled is bad enough, but burning CDs is a spectacularly bad idea.
CDs and DVDs are made from mainly plastics and metals, such as aluminum, polycarbonate (a type of plastic made from crude oil and natural gas), lacquer made from acrylic, gold, chemical dyes partially made from petroleum products, and numerous other materials such as water, glass, silver and nickel. When they are manufactured and eventually disposed, they can release chemicals that contribute to global warming and create environmental and health problems.
We suspect that the WTO complaint is a deliberate attempt at making China an even more difficult place to live by simultaneously reducing entertainment options and worsening air quality.
“Have you ever considered advertising on the Internet for a stand-in mistress that can be roughed up by your wife. Well, a Chinese businessman beat you to it? Or maybe youâ€™re looking for a job that pays you 300 Rmb/minute?”
“If FAW should take over Chrysler, the employees will be in for a big surprise. German culture is one thing, but Chinese culture is a whole lot different. And I wonder what FAW will do with Chrysler, because I don’t believe they will simply keep production in the US.”
“The article goes on to suggest that an effective way to pressure Singapore into agreeing to the extradition campaign would be through a large-scale, coordinated information campaign to attack Singapore’s carefully cultivated international reputation.”
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