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'Made in China': Charming the World

By Li Zhenyu (People's Daily Online)

14:46, October 22, 2012

In an era of globalization, China's prospering manufacturing delivers blessing

"Made in China" is one of the world's most recognizable brands. (File Photo)

For the past decade, "Made in China" has been one of the most recognizable brands in the world and has enjoyed a far-reaching popularity around the globe.

In every corner of the earth, when talking about China and the world, "Made in China" is a term that would always pop up from your lip.

The world has felt an increasing impact of China over the past decade, especially after it joined the World Trade Organization (WTO). "Made in China" played a key role in this process.

A People's Daily Online Production by Li Zhenyu

Can't Live without It

On this planet, someone like it, someone reject it, but almost everyone cannot live without it. It is all around you. Wait a minute. It is right on your body!

What is it? "Made in China"!

"Made in China" has made its mark in every corner of the globe, from the poorest village in Africa to the richest city in America.

In Africa, the slippers on the villagers' feet are all made in China. In America, finding out a "Sheriff Woody" or "Buzz Lightyear" that is not made in China is also a difficult task.

"China is the park where everything comes from," Evander Holyfield, who grew up poor but went on to become a global celebrity, said to this journalist.

"Even when I was a kid, China, China, China, everything that I got came from China."

The newly-concluded London Games provided a vivid account of how the world is attached to "Made in China".

The fireworks, artificial grass, computers, souvenirs, mascots, even the uniforms for members of the US Olympic team are made in China.

"If there were no made-in-China products, there would be no London Olympics," John Duggan, a veteran China watcher and established American attorney said to this journalist.

As the London Olympics showed, "Made in China" makes life easy and comfortable for the world, and the world, in turn, provides a vast market for the former.

"It's hard to imagine how life would be without Chinese products," said Duggan.

Concerning this, no one knows better than the American journalist Sara Bongiorni, who wrote the famous book A Year Without "Made in China".

Bongiorni and her family attempted to outrun China's reach by "boycotting" any products made in China for a whole year. However, her "adventure" only ended up in a series of troubles.

Cellphones, computers, televisions, clothes, toys, tools, lamps, sneakers, sunglasses…It is hard to find a living good without a "Made in China" label.

Bongiorni realized that to live without "Made in China", one has to take a large amount of time and energy to find substitutes for Chinese products, and the person's living cost will increase dramatically.

"It is wiser to coexist with Chinese imports than to boycott them."

This is Bongiorni's final conclusion, and perhaps a consensus of the majority.

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