China Move to Global Standards Damps Protectionism

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), a US-based   group, announced that Chinese product standards were improving, and the recognition of such standards would help decrease economic protectionism:

Keith Williams, UL’s chief executive, told that China’s product safety regulatory regime was improving, while the growth of Chinese brands globally was also raising awareness of the importance of product safety…”People are clearly concerned about protectionism,” said Williams. “What we do facilitates and protects reputable manufacturers,” he said…

safety demands likely will cause trade tensions with China, which is both a top for U.S. food exports and a growing supplier to the United States, Rosa DeLauro, a U.S. lawmaker, said last week.

About a quarter of UL’s global workforce of 6,800 is based in China — not including significant staffing in Taiwan and — due to its emergence as a global center.

See past CDT posts on food and product safety.

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