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Export commodities' quality requires objective, fair appraisal (2)
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16:49, August 22, 2007

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The objective cause for loopholes in the regulation and control is attributable to a short supply of regulatory resources, and the provision of related technology and equipment needs both the time and financial input, and the training of competent personnel cannot be fulfilled overnight. There is also a subjective cause. Even if whole society has adequate capital, technology, equipment and personnel to provide for regulation and control, decision-makers have not allocated enough input in this regard.

As for the Chinese government, it has so far put in such immense manpower and material strength for the regulatory vigilance of commodity quality. As a developing nation, China is overburdened with an arduous task of setting up a regulatory mechanism for so many new commodities despite an acute shortage of regulatory resources and, so for the country, loopholes have been resultant from the objective cause to a great extent. In contrast, problems faced by the U.S. in this aspect, have been ascribed largely to the subjective cause.

On July 11, the British "Financial Times (North American Edition) publishes an article entitled "Why the West Must Regulate China''s Exports" written by Jeffrey Garten, former US Under-Secretary of Commerce, former Dean of the Yale School Management and an ace professor of international trade and finances.

The article says, "Washington has negotiated a raft of big trade agreements during the past quarter century, but it has not dealt with the need to upgrade regulatory vigilance. Exhibit A is the US Food and Drug Administration. Over the past decade the number of products it had inspected has tripled while its budget has remained flat. Exhibit B is the Consumer product Commission, where staff has been cut and budgets reduced by at least 10 percent over the past few years."

Prof. Jeffrey Garten, nevertheless, did not explore a penetrating way into how the situation with flat budget had incurred along with a triple-increase in the number of products and a drastic growth of the volume of inspection work. And this is precisely the very aspect where national leaders or mangers of state affairs should mull over and improve. Then, did those US Congressmen currently appealing for varied extremist, discriminatory restricting measures to be taken toward Chinese commodities bar or prevent the quality regulatory institutions from increasing their essential input at the beginning ?

By People''s Daily Online, and its author is Mei Xinyu, research fellow with the Research Academy under the Chinese Ministry of Commrerce

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