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China To Step Up Its Fight Against Health Care Irregularities

Police in northern China's Hebei province said last week that they had launched an investigation into Hualin Acid-Base Technology

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A man walks outside a branch of traditional Chinese medicine firm Quanjian Group in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, Dec. 27, 2018. VOA

China will step up its fight against “irregularities” in the sale of health care products after a series of scandals in the industry in recent months, state media reported Thursday, citing senior officials.

Zhang Mao, minister at the State Administration for Market Regulation, told China Central Television in an interview that the country’s health sector was “rampant with irregularities” and plans were underway to put it under greater scrutiny.

China launched a 100-day campaign at the start of the month to crack down on illegal advertising and other violations in the industry following a number of high-profile cases.

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A child receives a vaccination shot at a hospital in Rongan in China’s southern Guangxi region on July 23, 2018. VOA

“Recently, serious problems involving the health products market have been exposed, such as fake promotions, illegal advertising and deceiving consumers,” the China Daily newspaper quoted Zhang as saying at the launch the campaign.

Earlier this month, police arrested the founder of Quanjian Nature Medicine Technology, a traditional Chinese medicine firm, amid allegations of fraudulent practice following the death of a 7-year-old girl who had used the company’s products as part of her cancer treatment.

Market regulators are also investigating local branches of Infinitus, a multibillion-yuan Chinese company, after it was accused of selling products that damaged a child’s heart.

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Plastic bags of fentanyl are displayed at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection area at the International Mail Facility at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. VOA

Many of the recent investigations have focused on “multilevel marketing” schemes in which members buy products from the company and then sell them on. Though this “direct selling” is allowed in China, “pyramid selling” — which uses income generated from new members to pay off older members — has been banned.

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Police in northern China’s Hebei province said last week that they had launched an investigation into Hualin Acid-Base Technology, a local health product company accused of operating a pyramid selling scheme and misleading customers.

Last week, the Guangdong provincial government in southeastern China also summoned 32 locally registered “direct sales” firms — including Infinitus and the U.S.-based Amway — to issue a warning against malpractice. The firms agreed to sign a pledge not to deceive consumers about the therapeutic benefits of their products, according to the official Xinhua news agency. (VOA)

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China May Restrict Tech Access in Spiraling US Trade Dispute

The system will build a strong firewall to strengthen the nation's ability to innovate

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People try out Huawei smartphone models on display at an electronic store in Beijing, China, May 20, 2019. VOA

China is creating a system to protect its technology, according to state media, as the U.S. restricts the access of Chinese companies to American technology in a spiraling trade dispute.

The People’s Daily newspaper said Sunday that the system will build a strong firewall to strengthen the nation’s ability to innovate and to accelerate the development of key technologies.

“China … will never allow certain countries to use China’s technology to contain China’s development and suppress Chinese enterprises,”the main paper of the ruling Communist Party said, without directly referring to the United States.

No details have been released about what China is calling a national technological security management list. The plan was announced Saturday evening in a brief three-paragraph dispatch by the official Xinhua News Agency.

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China is creating a system to protect its technology. Pixabay

The aim is to forestall and defuse national security risks more effectively, Xinhua said, adding that detailed measures would be unveiled in the near future.

The initiative follows U.S. moves to restrict sales to Huawei Technologies and other Chinese tech firms on national security grounds.

The U.S. Commerce Department last month added Huawei to its list of entities that are engaged in activities contrary to U.S. national security or foreign policy interests.

As such, any sale of U.S. technology to Huawei will require Commerce Department approval.

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China responded by saying its Commerce Ministry would develop its own list of foreign entities that it regards as “unreliable.” (VOA)