原文标题：11-year-old Chinese reporter puts officials on the spot
BEIJING: Chinese officials accustomed to the tame questions of a compliant state press were caught out by a plucky 11-year-old reporter during the country’s sensitive Communist Party congress.
Sun Luyuan, a Beijing sixth-grade student, on Friday shook up one of the tightly-controlled party meetings on the congress’s sidelines with a question that put officials on the spot over China’s miserable food-safety record.
Noting that a steady stream of scandals and health scares involving tainted or unsafe food products had particularly affected students, leaving many sickened in various incidents, Sun asked why China can’t clean up its act.
“I love snacks, but I don’t dare to eat snacks now because we see so many reports these days of problems with food products,” Sun asked high-level officials during a congress delegate meeting, according to state-run China News Service.
During the meeting at Beijing’s cavernous Great Hall of the People, Sun, who works for the Chinese Teenager News, continued by asking “why are these kinds of food products available for purchase?”
“As many primary and middle school students eat our lunches at school, what can you do to put us at ease over food safety?” she asked.
The Communist Party is presenting a tightly-scripted image of national unity for the week-long congress that opened on Thursday.
Held every five years, the congress will end next Wednesday with the unveiling of a new top leadership line-up widely expected to be headed by vice president Xi Jinping, who will lead for the next ten years.
Ma Kai, a top official in China’s cabinet who presided over Friday’s meeting, passed the question to education minister Yuan Guiren, the China News Service said.
Yuan offered a stock official response pledging the government was addressing the situation and putting proper safety measures in place, a line repeated for years even as the scandals have persisted.
Increasingly anxious Chinese consumers are regularly hit with food scares ranging from cancer-causing toxins found in cooking oil to food items that are expired or contain dangerous chemicals and additives.
In 2008, China was rocked by one of its biggest-ever food safety scandals when the industrial chemical melamine was found to have been illegally added to dairy products to give the appearance of higher protein content.
At least six babies died and another 300,000 became ill after drinking the tainted products.
Shantha Kumar (Bharat)
good one.. kids who are not aware of dangers of being straightforward are difficult to handle!!
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Amogha Shanabhag (Neustadt an der Weinstra)
I highly appreciate European Union’s food safety standards. Booming economy is good. However, not at the cost of health. You can’t, bring back your loved ones with money. I wish Indians and Chinese understand this!
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Congratulations to the Child. Hope she stays safe, and that ve things are done about Food.
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Let Me Die (New delhi)
Hail Child. Well done Bro.
Where even a criminal journalist thinks twice to raise his voice, the child has shown great courage………. thumbs up ………………………
Shailesh Agrahari Gupta (New Delhi, India)
Future of china is in safe hand. the young tribe is brave… live long the young blood.
Natu Desigar (chennai)
…until a small child said: “But the emperor has no clothes”!…. there goes a fairy tale!
I suspect this stunt was staged. To use an innocent child, especially a girl, is very effective to impress the adult, who is in fact more innocent, in a bad sence.
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Corruption is rampant even in China.
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good introspections, everyone to follow
WAG (Maha Mumbai)
Often children raise spontaneously unselfish questions, which well-informed adults find it difficult to answer.
creativeoxygen (New Delhi)
How can a 11-year old kid be called a reporter? Is he a student reporter or trainee journalist? Something fishy….
N. N. Modi (Jaipur)
Let us look at our own country rather than breaking our head what Chinese are doing in China. They are not so interested in wasting time writing hollow and unproductive comments in newspaper blogs like we do. Arm chair elitism is one of the characteristics being found among Indians.
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SCL Premi (India)
Kudos, 6th grader Sun Luyuan, you hit the nail on the head in a very mature manure. You brought a burning problem under lime light. Any country would be proud of a child like you!
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Babush (Jamshedpur (Tata Nagar),)
poor quality of food security in india and china is a fact…. it is because of high population and corruption…. in china it is mainly because of everything is controlled by the state and they think what they are doing is right…..
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This happens when a country is on a fast track of growth- Take India- If someone asks such questions, he might get injured instantly. Goons and corrupt can deliver instant justice in India.
raj john (sj)
LOOK AT WHAT CHINESE SUPPLIES TO USA 1.LEAD IN TOYS 2.MELAMINE IN MILK PRODUCTS 3.SULPHUR,CADMIUM , IN JEWELLERY,SHEET ROCK 4.EXPLODING TIRES …….. 5.WHY DOES CHINA DO THIS TO USA,OTHER COUNTRIES ALL CHILIBAN,,, DONT JUMP THE GUN THESE ARE FACTS,NOT ;LIES
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raj john replies to Pardeep Gupta
Fully agree,junk, poisonous, harmful ,no value for money ,however slowly America is stopping it
Jhakas INDIA (bhubaneswar)
Chinese can’t help their habit of producing cheap and substandard quality things and getting confronted publicaly by a 11 yr old was last of their expectations as they can’t even jail for that. COMMUNISM IN SPOT.
Baby Mohan (Bangalore)
I hope they will not kill her ! She asked a really dangerous question, but very relevent. I am really worried about her safety now… that innocence of boldness is not acceptable there. I heard stories of citizens whoever asks questions unconfortable to any officials would just disapear. May God bless her!
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