China Cracks Down On Smugglers And Foreign Companies

Beijing's drive is making life easier for local manufacturers

Beijing is turning up the heat on smugglers. Underscoring the drive to seal porous borders from tax-evading goods, Premier Zhu Rongji in October led an 80-member inspection team across the south. "Progress in the antismuggling battle has been very unbalanced in some areas, and we cannot overestimate our achievements," he said after the tour in Guangzhou, where he called for military and provincial leaders across China to step up their efforts.

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