Friday, 11 January 2008

Sacrifice seasoned with salt

The MOFCOM recently announced that Chinese firms will not be allowed to export about 600 items. This is seen as yet another step by China to discourage low-value-added processing trade and encourage high-value-added trade. While most of the items featured in the list are those made of endangered species and thus should rightfully be prohibited, I was surprised to find SALT is also included in the list. I can't help wondering whether this is meant to be a counter-attack against of the recent spat between China and other countries regarding the safety of Chinese exports: you take away my toys, I will take away your salt! Or better still, this could well be a sacrifice that the other countries have to make when they attack the quality of Chinese goods (MARK 9:49 "every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt"). Or rather, this is supposed to be a call for truce with the other countries? (MARK 9:50 "Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another").

The full list is available here.

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