Always eager to show the world how "progressive" they are, China is lobbying hard to get the nod to host the Olympics in Beijing. Tienanmen Square is still a sore subject with the C.C.P., though. It's considered "bad form" to bring it up.
When you add corporate corruption, tainted food exports, toxic toys, and poor quality manufacturing to the pot of soup, it doesn't make an appetizing dish for the I.O.C. when they consider China's bid.
It surprises me how such an "enlightened, prosperous, and democratic" system as Communism could be capable of such things. Hey, I know -- it must be that Vast Right Wing Conspiracy over in America. It's their fault, you know, for Communism's colossal failure. Sabotage by Reaganites! Yeah -- that's it! It just has to be.....
Read more details in the article at the U.K. Times Online.
As an interesting side note, China is now falling back on their old stand-by tactic of pointing fingers at everyone else for wrong things of their own they can't adequately excuse. For instance, when the U.S. raises concerns over China's near genocidal use of execution in its prison system, they point back at our own executions. There's one big difference, however. America executes murderers and rapists; China executes journalists, philosophers, and day laborers who possess quality organs that can be sold on the black market. Yep, I'd say that's a BIG difference.
So naturally, Chinese diplomatic officials are shrieking and whining that product quality is an international concern, not just a problem with China. They want everyone to overlook the fact that their quality failures are on a scale so massive, it dwarfs the GDP of dozens of other nations combined. I'm only hoping that one of these days China will get a clue, wake up and smell the coffee, and get rid of Communism completely, without a single shred remaining. Only then can they be free to take their place on the world stage.