Xi: China strives to im­prove prod­ucts, ser­vices

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG XIAODONG in Shang­hai wangx­i­aodong@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

President Xi Jin­ping said China will strive to pro­vide the world with bet­ter prod­ucts and ser­vices in a con­grat­u­la­tory let­ter to the China Qual­ity Con­fer­ence, which opened on Fri­day in Shang­hai.

In the let­ter, Xi said he hoped at­ten­dees from dif­fer­ent coun­tries would share their in­sights on in­ter­na­tional trends and ex­pe­ri­ences in qual­ity man­age­ment.

First held in Bei­jing three years ago, the two-day con­fer­ence aims to pro­mote qual­ity co­op­er­a­tion.

“Thou­sands of years ago, Chi­nese qual­ity goods in­clud­ing silk and porce­lain went to the global stage, which fa­cil­i­tated ex­changes be­tween civ­i­liza­tions,” Xi said. “China pays high at­ten­tion to qual­ity and will strive to pro­vide the world with bet­ter prod­ucts and ser­vices.”

Qual­ity au­thor­i­ties in China have made great ef­forts in qual­ity su­per­vi­sion in re­cent years and have es­tab­lished mech­a­nisms for co­op­er­a­tion and ex­changes with more than 100 coun­tries and re­gions, with 1,366 agree­ments of co­op­er­a­tion signed, said Zhi Shup­ing, min­is­ter of the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Qual­ity Su­per­vi­sion, In­spec­tion and Quar­an­tine, China’s top qual­ity watch­dog.

In the past five years, Chi­nese exit-en­try in­spec­tion and quar­an­tine au­thor­i­ties have ap­proved the im­por­ta­tion of 2,186 kinds of qual­ity foods from 178 coun­tries and re­gions, he said at the con­fer­ence.

Watch­dogs also have con­tin­ued to bat­tle vi­o­la­tions of the law in­volv­ing qual­ity in the past five years and pun­ished more than 23,000 pro­duc­tion en­ter­prises. Au­thor­i­ties have used re­calls of de­fec­tive goods to im­prove qual­ity on the mar­ket. Last year alone more than 11 mil­lion cars with qual­ity and safety risks were re­called on the Chi­nese main­land, Zhi said.

Guo Chongqing, a pro­fes­sor of me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing at Tongji Uni­ver­sity in Shang­hai, who at­tended the con­fer­ence, sug­gested that au­thor­i­ties make use of the lat­est tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ments to pro­mote qual­ity of prod­ucts and ser­vices in China.

“In­ter­net tech­nolo­gies can be bet­ter ap­plied in health­care ser­vices so pa­tients do not have to go to big hos­pi­tals and wait in long lines each time a pre­scrip­tion is needed for chronic dis­eases,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to an out­line re­leased by the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and the State Coun­cil on Tues­day, gov­ern­ment at all lev­els in China is urged to make the “ut­most ef­forts” to im­prove all prod­ucts and ser­vices in China, so that the over­all qual­ity of prod­ucts and ser­vices will be im­proved to a great ex­tent by 2020.

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