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60-70% of Honey in Jinan is Fake

On Monday, Shandong’s Jinan Times revealed that the province’s apicultural industry is fraught with adulterated counterfeit honey. Neil Thomas at Danwei reports: In conversations with merchants at a Jinan farmers...

Hebei Museum Shut Over Forged Exhibits

The Global Times report on a Hebei museum that has been shut down after many of its exhibits were discovered to be forgeries: The Jibaozhai Museum in Erpu village, Jizhou, has had its license revoked by Jizhou civil affairs...

China’s Counterfeit Condoms

China Daily reported yesterday on a counterfeit condom factory busted in the southeastern province of Fujian, and two other underground factories uncovered by the police investigation : An underground workshop producing fake...

China Still King of the Global Counterfeit Trade

According to a new report from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, 68 percent of all counterfeit goods seized globally between 2008 and 2010 were manufactured in China. Quartz reports: Counterfeit goods make up about 2% of world...

Double Jeopardy: China’s Fake Prisoners

At Slate, Geoffrey Sant describes the practice—”not common, but not rare either”, according to one police officer—of 顶罪 ding zui: hiring a body double to stand trial and serve a criminal sentence in one’s...

The Status of Fakery in China

China is infamous for the production of counterfeit consumer goods that occurs within its borders. From high-tech electronics to wine, Renaissance-era fine art to shellfish, if there is a market for something, someone is likely...

Hu Gets the Best Wine

China’s Central Propaganda Department warned domestic media not to hype gourmet food served at the recent Two Sessions, hoping to avoid stoking resentment over the country’s growing wealth gap. Bloomberg’s...

Photo: Your Day Has Finally Come

Below is the front page of the Zhujiang (Pearl River) Evening News, a Guangdong daily, on March 16, the day after it was announced that Bo Xilai had been dismissed as Party Secretary of Chongqing. March 15 is also Consumer...

China’s Palate Ripens for European Vineyards

As China’s local vineyards try to meet growing demand for wine, consumers have their sights on foreign wines from France, Italy, and Spain . Due to this increase in demand for foreign wine, both state-owned firms and...

Lafite Counterfeits Afloat?

China’s wealthy have been rapidly acquiring a taste for wine in recent years. The country has entered the world’s top five grapevine growers, and quality has also improved significantly, with a number of Chinese...

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