|Due to the melamine scare many Chinese parents buy |
milk powder in foreign supermarkets;
such as Walmart, or in Hong Kong
Photo Danny Friedmann
One should never judge a book by its cover, I know, but as far as I understood professor Navarro's thesis, see here, is based on three parts: counterfeiting kills, China's mercantilism "kills" jobs, and military buildup could become lethal. About the counterfeiting part:
Yes, most lethal counterfeited products come from China, because most counterfeited products come from China. However, if a product is imported into another country, it is that country's responsibility. Therefore customs should have more resources to make sure the products that enter are safe. This will make the imported products more expensive, yes. But many products coming from China are still too cheap. Why, because hidden costs are not factored in, and we will be presented the bill later on.
- Health and safety costs;
- Environmental costs;
- Labour costs.