Chinese ordered to smoke more to boost economy

  Belatucadrus 10:53 04 May 2009

Apparently they also have butt checking squads to ensure you are smoking enough of the right brand.
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I'm not entirely sure what to say, we've all seen crazy new feeds, but this takes the biscuit.

  Quickbeam 11:01 04 May 2009

GB will need more desperate measures than this to save our economy.

  WhiteTruckMan 11:18 04 May 2009

A friend of mine who is a smoker recently returned from a buisness trip to china and he commented that smoking dried horse manure, old newspapers and sloanes linament is probably better for your health than actual tobacco.


  Cymro. 11:20 04 May 2009

Perhaps it is just their way of reducing their very large population!

  Jim Thing 11:32 04 May 2009

"Apparently they also have butt checking squads..."

Are these people sent round by the local authority to check one's butt? Whatever next, I wonder...

  Forum Editor 11:40 04 May 2009

will know that Chinese people don't exactly need any encouragement to smoke.

  johndrew 11:44 04 May 2009

Ah, so it`s not the sheep in New Zealand that are causing global warming; it`s the millions of Chinese smoking their cigarettes :-))

  Marko797 13:34 04 May 2009

'Ah, so'...clever but discreet pun, like it.

  johndrew 16:13 04 May 2009

Whilst I agree that protectionism is a poor way of doing business, there is little to affect the UK in this. We only import tobacco to manufacture cigarettes; some of these are exported. I presume the Chinese grow some tobacco for domestic use and import the remainder. What percentage of imported cigarettes such action would affect is not clear, but may only be a very small figure, and, similarly, as a percentage of any manufactured in the UK. It is likely that production from elsewhere may also be quite small, especially as it is, apparently, an action in one province alone.

  Grey Goo 21:23 04 May 2009

Tobacco smoke is the least of their worries. If you visit the dumps where all our plastic ends up you will fall over from the fumes of piles of burning plastics in the local people's back yards as they "recycle" the stuff. And they wonder why the air quality is so poor.

  Forum Editor 23:11 04 May 2009

above all else, and that's civil unrest on a large scale. It already has plenty of it on a small scale - there are hundreds of anti-government protests every year in China - but what keeps members of the Central Committe awake at night is the thought of dozens of small groups of dissidents coalescing under one leader and rising up against the Central government.

As the global recession bites deeper into China's domestic economy you can expect to see an increase in protectionist policies aimed at keeping a lid on the unrest that's brewing. Chinese people don't care where their consumer products come from as long as they're available and affordable. Thousands of China's small manufacturing companies have closed already, and more will follow as export markets show falling demand. Guangdong province, which has been the jewel in the crown of Chinese economic reform has almost a million registered manufacturing and service companies, and tens of thousands of them are facing closure. That means hundreds of thousands, if not millions of unemployed Chinese with nowhere to go except back to the agricultural country areas from whence they came in search of better pay.

Imagine huge numbers of people turning up in the villages with no money and no work, and you have a perfect recipe for severe civil unrest. There will be riots, and the government knows it.

Against that kind of background a little protectionism pales into insignificance in terms of its short term importance.

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