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  • Two Cheers for “Made in China”?
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  • My Point on the “Made in China” Label

    Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. This is Liu Jiawei from Beijing Institute of Technology. Today I’m very honored to be here to talk about the pros and cons of the “made in China” label.

    As the old saying goes, “Every coin has two sides”. So, we should view the “made in China” label with a critical eye.

    Let’s first look at the various merits this label enjoys. To begin with, the label is no doubt an effusive panegyric on China’s goods that are worthy of the pride of every single Chinese. I once read an article entitled “A Year without China”, whose author is an American journalist and housewife. In the article, she’s desperate to know what a strong will it would take for her and her family to live without China. Hence she wages a campaign to boycott the goods made in China. Then numerous pinpricks occur inevitably. She has to purchase sneakers at a high price for her kids; her husband has to use old-fashioned snapping traps because the ingenious catch-and-release is made in China; her son feels disappointed for he’s not permitted to buy lovely toys for the same reason and even launches a counter-campaign in support of Chinese products. Finally the author reaches the conclusion that although Chinese products are not indispensable and everyone could do with without them, life would be much more perplexed. Nowadays Occidental countries are permeated with “made in China” stuff and using them has become an ingrained lifestyle of their nationals.Besides, good quality at a relatively low price is also the widely accepted reason for the popularity of Chinese products. As Chinese, shouldn’t we be proud of the popularity that Chinese products have gained?

    However, the demerits of the “made in China” label should not be neglected, either. As China is being hailed as the world factory, it is meanwhile being viewed as a laughing stock whose products lack creativity. Labour-intensive industries occupy a preponderant proportion of China’s industries.Although these industries prop up China’s economic status,they are doing great harm to the environment and natural resources overwhelmingly.Once domestic labour-intensive industries keep going this industrial pattern, we may well lose our competitive edge and lag behind other countries. Moreover, it is unwise for us to sacrifice the environment for economic development. This year, the documentary entitled Under the Dome has a high-profile in China. It explicitly reveals the problems in contemporary China.It’s time for us to change the current economic pattern into a more reasonable one.

    As far as I am concerned, only with creativity and patents could a country keep moving forward and genuinely become a powerhouse. The label “Made in China” should provoke our introspection as to how we could infuse innovation into our industries.China still has a long way to go,and I sinserely hope that in no time not only could we be proud of the “made in China”label,but also we can see “created in China”.



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    • 姓名:刘嘉伟
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    • 学校:北京理工大学 2013级
    • 赛区:北京赛区