Of China, Import Safety and Interagencies

By July 19, 2007Trade

Funny. The Senate Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday on the safety of Chinese imports mutated from being “hearing” into “listening session.” Apparently a Republican member objected to having an official hearing after the Senate Majority Leader kept everyone up all night. So rules and procedure went out the window, and the committee website has not posted the official testimony, because there wasn’t any…official, that is.

Nevertheless, collected from here and there (thank you, Keith) are the prepared remarks in .pdf format from the witn…speakers.

  • National Association of Manufacturers.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • American Enterprise Institute.
  • Consumers Union.
  • Center for Science in the Public Interest.
  • High interest in the event, no matter its title. Meanwhile, the White House trumped any news out of the committee by announcing a top-level group to attend to safety of imports.

    WASHINGTON – President Bush on Wednesday established a Cabinet-level panel to recommend how to guarantee the safety of imported food and other products brought into the country and how to better police them.

    The White House denied the effort was aimed at China, though the announcement came the same day that senators heard testimony from regulators about problems caused by the extremely rapid growth of imports from China.

    “It’s important for the American people to know their government is on top of this situation and constantly reviewing procedures and practices,” Bush said after his first meeting with the Working Group on Import Safety.

    The President’s executive order establishing the Interagency Working Group on Import Safety is here. His comments at the first meeting are here.

    Marketwatch’s story on yesterday’s ying and yangs is available here.

    And for a different perspective, take a look at this article from Asia Times Online last weekend, headlined “US hysteria hikes China trade tensions.”

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