‘Made in China’ goes main­stream across the na­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By BIAN JIBU in Toronto

It’s got­ten so that any­where Cana­di­ans go to get a new com­puter, tele­vi­sion, hat or sweater, more likely than not, what­ever they end up buy­ing was made in China.

From Jan­uary to Oc­to­ber of 2014, more than 42.5 bil­lion CAD ($34 bil­lion) worth of goods came into Canada from China, ac­cord­ing to Statis­tics Canada, an 11.5 per­cent in­crease over 2013 year-on-year.

The lion’s share of the China-Canada trade, 24 per­cent, was in ma­chin­ery and elec­tron­ics, while ap­pli­ances ac­counted for 20 per­cent.

The “Made- in- China” la­bel has be­come so ubiq­ui­tous across Canada that it has not only been ac­cepted by shop­pers but it is ac­tu­ally sought out, ac­cord­ing Xin­hua News Ser­vice.

Sam Li, the mar­ket­ing manager of an elec­tron­ics store, said peo­ple ask for Chi­nese brands such as Len­ovo com­put­ers or cell phones from China.

About 99 per­cent of the goods Li sells were made in China, in­clud­ing all of their top brands, he said.

“The qual­ity of prod­ucts from China is a lot bet­ter com­pared to 10 or 15 years ago, be­cause there is just so much com­pe­ti­tion nowa­days,” Li told Xin­hua.

Joey Kwan, a spokes­woman for Aberdeen Cen­ter, has no­ticed sev­eral Asian brands that are sell­ing very well.

“This is pretty much un­avoid­able that you know they are com­ing from China,” she said. “But we don’t see any dif­fer­ences nor have any neg­a­tive com­ments about the prod­ucts im­ported from China. A lot of peo­ple are still com­ing back to shop with us.”

Shop­per Frank Leone said he didn’t care where the prod­ucts came from as long as they were good.

“It could be made in Canada, it could be made in China, or made any­where else in the world. As long as it’s prac­ti­cal and easy to use, it doesn’t re­ally make any dif­fer­ence to me,” he said.

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