The Face Of Chinese Cost Cutting – Geoffrey York

 Archives Rtgam Images 20070702 Wchinafood0702 0703China400 The Canadian Globe and Mail just had this article about Beijing’s drug-safety scandal, reported from Harbin, China:

Liu Sichen was a normal little girl in a Chinese kindergarten. She played the piano and danced and painted. She dreamed of being a star on television.

From her small home by the railway tracks, she gazed up longingly at the vapour trails of the passing jets. She told her mother that some day, she would become an astronaut.

One summer day, not long after her sixth birthday, she caught a cold, an ordinary cold. Her parents bought three bottles of Chinese-made antibiotics, and a local doctor began to inject it.

Within minutes, the girl began to tremble. Her lips turned purple and her teeth chattered. “Mommy, I’m very cold,” she whispered, clutching her chest. They rushed her to a hospital, but she fell into a coma. Three days later, she was dead. [Full Text]


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