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Made in China

Made in China

Made in China or Product of China (simplified Chinese: 中国制造; traditional Chinese: 中國製造; pinyin: zhōngguó zhìzào, sometimes Made in P.R.C.) is a country of origin label affixed to products manufactured in China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan).


  • Terminology 1
  • Branding 2
    • Marketing significance 2.1
  • Major incidents related to products made in China 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Made in China is actually used for the products from Mainland China, governed by the People's Republic of China (PRC). Although the name China is used by both the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China (ROC), the label "Made in China" is generally affixed to products made in the former. Products made in the ROC do not use the "Made in China" label. Rather, they usually use "Made in Taiwan", "Made in ROC" or "Made in Taiwan, ROC"[1][2]


American company Apple Inc. has most of its products, such as the IPhone 4S, made under contract by Taiwanese company Foxconn in Shenzen, China.[3]
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A series of highly publicized scandals involving faulty products exported from China in recent years has harmed the "Made in China" brand abroad, as 40% of product recalls in the United States were of imports from China.[4] In response to these concerns, Chinese officials have pledged to increase safety inspections for manufactured products and encouraged the proliferation of watchdog journalism to hold "rogue producers" accountable.[5] Nevertheless, new scandals continue to surface. Despite the recent scandals, most consumers do not "consistently check for the country of origin label", and there is little brand awareness for Chinese products in particular.[4] The "Made in China" brand was historically challenged by the US-led Cold War media campaigns that reported negatively on the brand and publicized hearings on the security of Chinese products in the United States Congress.[6] Conversely, some advertising companies and the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai have since the late 1990s endeavored to shed the Made in China brand of its "cheap and junky" image, as the Made in Japan brand had done.[6]

There is criticism in the United States that Chinese manufacturing firms compete unfairly due to the advantages of state support, copyright infringements, and governmental manipulation of the yuan, which propagates the "Made in China" brand at the cost of lost American jobs.[7][8]

Marketing significance

The Made in China label is one of the most recognizable labels in the world today, due to China's rapidly developing large manufacturing industry, the working labor are cheaper due to China's large population, and China is currently the largest exporter in the world. The Made in China label can be seen on a wide range of goods from clothing to electronics.

U.S. law requires the country of origin of a product to be clearly displayed on the product, or on the product's container if it is enclosed, resulting in many corporations such as Apple labeling their products with "Designed by Apple in California Assembled in China".

Major incidents related to products made in China

On more than one occasion, Chinese-made products have caused global concerns about their quality and safety and resulted in large scale product recalls. In the 2007 Chinese export recalls, for example, product safety institutions in the United States, Canada, the European Union, Australia and New Zealand issued recalls and import bans on a wide range of Chinese-made consumer goods, such as pet food, toys,[9] toothpaste[10][11] and lipstick, and a ban on certain types of seafood.

During the 2008 Chinese export recalls, heparin was announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to contamination of the raw heparin stock imported from China.[12][13] [14] During the 2008 Chinese milk scandal, an estimated 300,000 victims,[15] along with six infants dying from kidney stones and other kidney damage, and a further 860 babies were hospitalised[16][17] because some Chinese-made milk and infant formula were adulterated with melamine.

See also


  1. ^ Fan, Y. (2008) “Country of origin, branding strategy and internationalisation: the case of Chinese piano companies”, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, 6:3, 303-319, available at
  2. ^ Fan, Y. (2006) “The globalisation of Chinese brands”, Marketing Intelligence &Planning, 24:4, 365-379, available at
  3. ^ New York Times: How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work
  4. ^ a b Clifton, Rota; Ahmad, Sameena (2009). Brands and Branding.  
  5. ^ Kasriel, Daphne (2007-10-10). "Global consumers are edgy about the Made in China brand".  
  6. ^ a b Jing, Wang. Brand New China: Advertising, Media, and Commercial Culture.  
  7. ^ `Made in China’ Tag Makes Hypocrites of Us All, William Pesek, Bloomberg News, October 21, 2011
  8. ^ The Hidden Cost of "Made in China": Tomorrow's American Jobs, Jeff Bocan, Huffington Post, October 6, 2011
  9. ^ "Mattel to recall more Chinese-made toys". CNN. Retrieved 14 August 2007. 
  10. ^ 12 July 2007Spain withdraws Chinese toothpaste from the oral care market.Accessed: 2007-09-05.
  11. ^ Ramachandran, Arjun (29 August 2007). "Toxic toothpaste alert: buyers beware". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 August 2007. 
  12. ^ CBS News, Blood-thinning drug under suspicion
  13. ^ FDA informational page with information and links about FDA investigation.
  14. ^ "Heparin's Deadly Side Effects".  
  15. ^ Branigan, Tania (2 December 2008). "Chinese figures show fivefold rise in babies sick from contaminated milk". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  16. ^ Scott McDonald (22 September 2008). "Nearly 53,000 Chinese children sick from milk". Google. Associated Press. Archived from the original on 21 May 2011. 
  17. ^ Jane Macartney (22 September 2008). "China baby milk scandal spreads as sick toll rises to 13,000". The Times (London). Retrieved 2 April 2010. 

External links

  • Made in China OECD Observer, November 2006.
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