@ Matt 21 @asdf
asdf: "you are lucky if you don't invest in a company in this market that poisons infants to get ahead."
Matt 21: While this maybe true, I don't think US companies are much better. Coca Cola were ion trouble in Belgium for selling "poisoned" drinks a few years ago.
Very true Matt. Unethical and frankly immoral behaviour is not unique to Chinese companies.
Let's cite the example of Bayer. First, they sold HIV contaminated blood products for haemophiliacs. Then, when they could not sell the HIV laced products in the West, internal memos show that company sold the excess contaminated stock to Asian and Latin American markets as a "new heat treated product" that was free of HIV. (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contaminated_haemophilia_blood_products for a starter article).
And there is Pacific Gas and Electric, the subject of the Erin Brockovich movie, which contaminated a whole town with hexavalent chromium, then lied to them, telling them that chromium is in multivitamins. True, but hexavelent chromium is not the same chromium in pills!
And of course, big tobacco, who have for years retained a retinue to lawyers, doctors, scientists and lobbyists to make huge profits on a product that they knew was harmful.
So in the end, you have to say that some Chinese companies are merely learning from the dubious strategies of some Western companies. Nothing surprising about that. And try to keep the Sinophobia to a minimum.