China Cracks Down on Shoddy Statues of Chairman Mao

Statues bearing ’s likeness sold in his birthplace of Shaoshan, will be subject to quality inspections starting July 1. From Reuters:

China, no stranger to product quality scandals, will extend its crackdown to statues of Mao Zedong, the founder of the modern communist state, sold to tourists.

Tourists who flock to Mao’s birthplace in Shaoshan in central Hunan province have complained that some statues they buy as mementos are substandard, the official Xinhua news agency said.

“Some souvenirs sold were physically disproportional while others were made with low-quality materials in a slipshod way,” the report paraphrased local official Jiang Tao as saying.

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