Daily Revolt

December 22, 2007

China Blasts Obama Call for Toy Ban

Obviously this presidential candidate has backbone. Assuming he doesn't backtrack, this is the first time a candidate has taken on China. You can bet big business is not thrilled by Obama's comments. It will be interesting to see if Hillary cites this case as an example of an inexperienced candidate causing international tensions:
Angry Chinese officials are taking aim at Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama over his statement that he would “stop the import of all toys from China.”

The Illinois senator’s remarks, which came at an Iowa campaign stop Wednesday, were “unobjective, unreasonable and unfair,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters at a Thursday briefing. “Imagine if the quality of American products was not 100 percent up to standard. Could we take that as a reason to totally ban U.S. products?”

Members of Congress have demanded stricter enforcement of U.S. imports of Chinese goods over the past year following several recalls of potentially dangerous products, including toys tainted with lead. But Obama’s comments are the harshest to date from a major presidential candidate.

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