Nation to lift quality standards
an “upgraded effort to boost economic quality and efficiency”.
One of the major goals is to “make standards stipulated by China take root in the world, win authority, strive for credibility and provide a pass check for made-in-China businesses”.
Fan Yongming, professor of Institute of international studies at Fudan University in Shanghai, observed that the latest policy decision demonstrates China’s courage and desire to better adapt to international best practices.
Global manufacturing giants, such as Volkswagen and GE, often stipulate production standards much higher than the government’s standards, so involving the foreign businesses is a good choice, Fan said.
Accepting companies from abroad into the stipulation of standards also mirrors China’s confidence as the country’s industries “have entered the era in which they are capable of embracing higher standards and tougher demands from the market”, Fan said. “It is a part of the expanding reach of China’s economy in the world.”
Another critical goal set at the meeting was to “establish unified national compulsory standards in areas of public interest, such as health, safety and environmental protection”. China has outlined ambitious goals to develop unified standards and eliminate quality problems in food and medicines in the country.
The country will “basically establish a nationwide unified standards system for food safety” in 2015, Jin Xiaotao, vice-minister of National Health and Family Planning Commission told a late-January meeting.
The meeting included in-depth discussion about strengthening land management and protection to better support economic development. Exactly who has the duty of protecting arable land should be tangibly broken down and assigned, and the management of income and expenses related to land transfers should be strengthened, the meeting concluded.