Lessons of China's Safety Scandals
Kapp, Robert, The Christian Science Monitor
Americans are again upset about China, this time thanks to a spate of product safety and food contamination cases, the revelation of slave labor conditions at a rural north China brickworks, and the execution of the head of the State Food and Drug Administration for health-threatening corruption.
American diagnoses are familiar: "Wild West capitalism," "spiritual vacuum," "local protectionism," absence of the rule of law, the ill effects of one-party rule.
The larger conundrum evoked by current developments, however, is the frailty of the social compact in modern China.
As with every society, China today is heir to its past, and the seeds of its current …
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