EU dismisses Chinese protectionism claims as 'totally false'

The EU's Trade Commissioner, Peter Mandelson, dismissed as "totally false" on Monday a claim made by a Chinese official that the EU was using concerns over Chinese export standards as a form of protectionism.

EU dismisses Chinese protectionism claims as 'totally false'
The EU's Trade Commissioner, Peter Mandelson, dismissed as "totally false" on Monday a claim made by a Chinese official that the EU was using concerns over Chinese export standards as a form of protectionism.

"The allegation that European companies' action against toxic Chinese goods is politically motivated and shows bias against China is totally false," Mandelson said in a strongly-worded statement.

"As trade commissioner, I will not accept claims of toxicity being used as a pretext for protectionism. Equally, I will give firm backing to European companies having to reject goods that are dangerous to consumers," he added.

The statement comes in response to the allegation voiced by China's quality-control chief Li Changjiang on state TV Sunday that "Demonizing Chinese products ... is simply a new form of trade protectionism."

Last week the world's leading toymaker, Mattel, ordered the recall of millions of Chinese-made toys after internal investigations showed that they could pose a danger to health.

It is the latest in a series of health scares affecting Chinese exports ranging from toothpaste to toys to hit Europe and North America in recent months.

The incidents have embarrassed the world's most populous nation, which responded by broadcasting on Sunday a TV show entitled Believe in Made in China, reports said.

But on Monday the New Zealand government launched an investigation after a local TV station said that it had found levels of formaldehyde in imported Chinese clothes hundreds of times higher than the level regarded as safe by the World Health Organization.

DPA

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