China has taken a beating in the media - regarding the safety of the goods it was importing to the US.
Was this simply a case of poor control by the Chinese manufacturer's - or was it a case of sabotage?
I believe there's good reason to believe it was operation from US agents - intended to threaten China, strengthen the US negotiating position and
force China to accept measures to balance its trade deficit with the US.
One of the main reasons that I suspect foul play, is purely based on the range, frequency and depth of the media coverage. The US media can hardly be
considered a reliable and unbiased source of news - but rather is now, and has been for a long time a propaganda factory.
This link tells the story of the tensions that underlined a pressing need to re-balance the trade deficit with China.
Here's a quick quote for those who tire of reading too much;
In 2006 brand new U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson - was given the mission.
"His first mission was to start a series of Strategic Economic Dialogues with China to convince them to loosen their peg against the dollar, to raise
the price of Chinese exports, help U.S. companies become more competitive, and lower the trade deficit."
Here's an article about contaminated milk; reading the article one wonders why the issue was never raised prior to 2006 (after our main man Paulson
was on the job), and why "2 million pounds" of product were accepted - but suddenly its a huge issue?
Here's a much more telling story regarding the manager of a toy manufacturer - who has been selling toys to the US for years with no problems, then
suddenly his trusted supplier "ran out of paint" and supplied leaded paint without his knowledge, his company failed to test that batch of paint
(well, the supplier had been reliable for years). Afterward, he hanged himself.
This particular story seems a little bit too much to me. Also the question is - how was it detected in the US so quickly, especially when the
effected batch of toys was quite small. It seems unlikely that all toys are tested - probably only new suppliers - so detecting the problem by chance
seems fairly .. er lucky?
Here's a link from the distributor in the US.
This article tells us that an "internal" audit detected the problem - and very quickly I might add. More interestingly "Cheok said markets such as
Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Korea, China and Taiwan were not affected by the recall." One wonders why ONLY the US market received these toys?
Now, after some "negotiating" with China, Paulson appears to have a measure of success. I think negotiations are certainly helped along when you
'smash the crap' out of your opponent with dirty tricks. But those who know Paulson, would of course defend his integrity and honest character ..
er cough, cough ..
[edit on 19-4-2009 by Amagnon]