China Appoints Vice-premier As Consumer Safety Tsar – Jonathan Watts
Latest news in the China product safety controversy has vice-premier and veteran crisis manager Wu Yi (Âê¥‰ª™ ) stepping in to calm things down. Once described by US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson as a “force of nature,” Wu consistently ranks near the top in Forbes Magazine’s list of the world’s most powerful women. From the Guardian UK:
Following Mattel’s recall this week of 18.2m hazardous Chinese-made toys, the involvement of Ms Wu – who led the response to the Sars crisis in 2003 – signals that the state is stepping up its efforts to stem a loss of global confidence in the Made in China label.
…Two high-level delegations will also be sent to the United States, where criticism of Chinese products is loudest, to explain the measures Beijing is taking and to rebut Congressional calls for a new stop-and-inspect regime for Chinese goods. [Full Text]
See also: “CHINA: News blackout in Beijing on second toys recall” from The Straits Times via AsiaMedia.
[Image: Chinese Vice-Premier Wu Yi from Imaginechina.com via Google Image]