Highlights: China’s top quality watchdog briefs press on ‘quality improvement’
China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine held a press conference at the media center for the National People's Congress (NPC).
Director Zhi Shuping, Deputy Director Sun Dawei, as well as Tian Shihong, head of the Standardization Administration of China, took questions from journalists on quality improvement.
Here are some highlights of the press conference:
Zhi Shuping. /China.com Photo
Assessment of quality of China’s products:
“We have made great progress as the government pays close attention to the quality issue,” said Zhi, citing Chinese overseas railway and nuclear projects as examples.
However, the director has also explained his worries about problems faced by Chinese products, including Chinese high-end products, which he said have difficulty in meeting domestic consumers’ demands so far.
China lacks globally well-known brands and should make efforts to improve its international competitiveness, added Zhi.
Plans on quality improvement
The country should push for the transformation from "Made in China" to "Created in China," from "China speed" to "China quality" and from "Chinese products" to "Chinese brands," the director quoting President Xi Jinping as saying.
Outlining the plans to improve product quality, Zhi has stressed the supply-side structural reform initiative.
"Facts have proven that our problem is that products and services can’t meet the changing demands," he said.
During the press conference, Zhi has also vowed to firmly outlaw fake commodity manufacturing, and called for building more Chinese domestic brands.
On Chinese goods exported to Africa
The authorities have investigated a total of 204 cases involving counterfeit products exported to Africa, said Zhi.
Fourteen African countries are cooperating with China to fight fake products being exported, added the director, who also vowed to further improve the quality of exported goods.