Law and Investment in China: The Legal and Business Environments after China's WTO Accession

By Vai Io Lo; Xiaowen Tian | Go to book overview

7

Consumer protection

Consumers, the ultimate buyers and users of products and services, make purchase decisions based on whatever information is available. If manufacturers, wholesalers, or retailers commit fraud or misrepresentation, consumers will not be able to make rational choices, which will affect the normal functioning of market forces. Similarly, if unscrupulous manufacturers distribute defective or unsafe products, consumers may sustain financial losses and/or physical injuries a result of using such products. Hence, consumer protection is of paramount importance in market-driven economies.

To protect Chinese consumers and to ensure the normal functioning of market forces, China has enacted various statutes to shield consumers from dishonest and unscrupulous business practices. With China's accession to the WTO, an increasing number of products and services will be at the disposal of Chinese consumers, who, in turn, will be exposed to more financial and health risks. To safeguard product quality, China has recently implemented a compulsory system of certification for such types of products as home appliances, automobiles, and medical equipment, and local AICs periodically conduct random inspection of products. To facilitate the reporting of violation of consumer rights, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce has set up the hotline 12315 for consumers to file complaints nationwide. Considering the importance of consumer protection, this chapter aims to provide a basic legal framework of product liability, advertising, direct/pyramid selling, and Internet sales in China.


1

Product liability

In China, a number of statutes contain provisions on product liability. For instance, article 122 of the General Principles of Civil Law provides that if a substandard-quality product causes property damage or physical injury to a person, the manufacturer or seller will be civilly liable, but that if a carrier or warehouse operator causes the defect, the manufacturer or seller may seek indemnification. The two major laws on product liability are the Product Quality Law 1 and the Law on the Protection of the Rights and

-236-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Law and Investment in China: The Legal and Business Environments after China's WTO Accession
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface ix
  • 1 - An Overview of the Chinese Legal System 1
  • 2 - Business Organizations 24
  • 3 - Foreign Investment Enterprises 58
  • 4 - Contracts 119
  • 5 - Intellectual Property 151
  • 6 - Labor and Employment 206
  • 7 - Consumer Protection 236
  • 8 - Taxation, Banking, and Securities 258
  • 9 - Dispute Resolution 295
  • 10 - Accession to the World Trade Organization 325
  • 11 - The Development of the Western Region 349
  • Table of Chinese Legal Documents 370
  • Table of Cases 375
  • Useful Web Sites 376
  • Index 377
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen
/ 386

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.