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Ad sells China goods to world

2009-12-01 09:48 BJT

The government has launched its first-ever global ad campaign to convey the message that Chinese-made commodities are the result of joint work between China and the world, which is enjoying better-quality products that benefit everyone.

Though they are taking different stances on the ad's potential effect, analysts have generally applauded the government's move to eliminate the stigma that "Made in China" often carries, particularly in light of recent claims of trade protectionism.

The 30-second ad, themed "Made in China. Made with the world," was rolled out last week on CNN in the United States, CNN in Asia and CNN Headline News.

The ad depicts a series of Chinese-made products, designed by or containing shared technology with other countries, and highlights their quality.

For instance, it features morning-exercise sneakers that are "Made in China with American sports technology," an iPod-like MP3 player labeled "Made in China with technology from Silicon Valley," and a model wearing fancy outfits that bears the label "Made in China with French designers."

"We started producing the commercial mid-last year and deployed the most talented foreign designers to create it," Zheng Rick, a staff member with the DBB Guoan ad agency, producer of the ad, told the Global Times without elaborating.

The ad, commissioned by the Ministry of Commerce and a number of trade bodies, was postponed after the tainted-milk scandal in August, according to media.asia, a website that tracks the marketing industry in the Asia Pacific region.

"The commercial is based on the concept of cooperation and participation, trying to convey the message that China joins hands with the world to produce high-quality products for consumers," the ministry told the Global Times in a faxed statement.

"'Made in China' is actually equivalent to 'Made in the World,'" it said. "It benefits both China and the world through cooperation."

Chinese analysts welcomed the ad campaign, saying it is good for the government to take the initiative to promote the image of Chinese-made merchandise.

Zhou Shijian, a former trade official for China, said it could be beneficial for China to pol-ish and reinforce the reputation of "Made in China" products.

Yu Guoming, associate dean of the School of Journalism at Renmin University of China, pointed out that the government is trying to persuade the world not to bar conspicuous Chinese commodities.