This Week in China
Top Story In a new tally, Chinese officials said Monday that six infants died and nearly 300,000 were sickened by melamine-tainted milk during the recent scandal. A Ministry of Health statement revealed that 860 babies are still hospitalized with urinary-tract or kidney problems, 154 of them in serious condition. Confidence in China’s dairy industry remains ...
In a new tally, Chinese officials said Monday that six infants died and nearly 300,000 were sickened by melamine-tainted milk during the recent scandal. A Ministry of Health statement revealed that 860 babies are still hospitalized with urinary-tract or kidney problems, 154 of them in serious condition.
Confidence in China’s dairy industry remains weak as year-on-year dairy exports dropped 92 percent in October. However, heavily discounted valuations for Chinese dairy companies prompted the U.S. private equity firm KKR to invest $100 million in one Chinese raw milk supplier, seeking to ride the $18 billion market back up as regulation strengthens and people return to consuming milk.
KKR’s vote-of-confidence shows that industry experts believe the Chinese government is capable of implementing and enforcing effective regulations. The scandal, however, which involved large numbers of small milk suppliers, illustrates the difficulty the government has had in addressing agricultural and food-safety problems before they become crises. Prevention is the next step.
Taxi strikes spread to the city of Foshan in Guangdong province. Three-hundred drivers are protesting exorbitant management fees and lax regulation of unlicensed cabs.
Inflation has eased with the slowing economy, prompting Chinese officials to drop food-price controls enacted earlier this year.
Charter flights have retrived the last of more than 3,000 Chinese citizens that were stranded in Thailand after protesters shut down Bangkok’s main airports.
China’s vice premier, Wang Qishan, called for more concrete measures to stimulate domestic demand as Chinese exports continue to fall.
Some 770,000 people took the national civil service exam on Sunday. They are vying for 13,566 government spots.
Business & Economics
The China National Petroleum Corporation signed a $3.29 billion deal to build an oil pipeline in the United Arab Emirates.
Coca-Cola submitted an application to Chinese anti-trust regulators, hoping to win approval for its acquisition of Huiyuan Juice Group, which commands half of China’s juice market.
Science & Environment
China launched the “Yaogan IV” satellite, which will conduct land surveys and aid in disaster prevention and relief.
Earlier this year, retired New York City subway cars were turned into underwater reef habitats off the U.S. coast. As for Beijing’s old subway cars, many now house impressionable youngsters. Beijing sent 60 cars to quake-affected Sichuan province, where they were converted for use as student dormitories.
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