China’s focus on quality gets results

Following the appointment of Vice Premier Wu Yi to a special task force to raise standards, results continue to be reported. On one hand it is a little bit worrying to see the lack of standards compliance (though they are not accompanied by stories of swathes people getting ill), but it is refreshing to see the speed and effectiveness of inspections. During September and October 774 arrests were made! One can hardly imagine action taking place so quickly in more developed economies or more democratic states, where we know standards abuse takes place at the highest level. (And we’re not immune to failures in food standards as the Topps beef affair or this story of Stand ‘n’ Seal show.)

No wonder Chinese exports continue to rise.

Emperor Qian Long to King George III
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