Jennings Harry, a US resident living in Washington, planned to buy a cute doll as a Christmas gift for her six-year-old daughter this year. She wanted this particular kind of dolls because the doll could lie down on the floor and laugh after being tickled. However, every time she went to the store, she was disappointed to find that the toys were out of stock, the People's Daily Overseas Edition reported.
A girl from the Netherlands poses for photos with two big Mickey Mouse toys made in China, at the World of Disney in New York, the United States, Dec. 18, 2007. China-made products are seen everywhere in the brand stores like Macy"s and the World of Disney in New York. [Xinhua]
Same as the other toys sold in the United States, the tickling toys are made mainly in China and are often in short supply. China is the largest toy exporter in the world and every year when Christmas comes near, toys made in China are put on the shelves of department stores in Europe and the United States as Christmas presents for kids.
Most of these toys are transacted in Yiwu market in Zhejiang, also known as the world's largest small commodities distribution market. According to related information, Yiwu market has become the world's largest platform for the transaction of Christmas presents. The Christmas commodities in Yiwu are sold to more than 100 countries and regions, accounting for two-thirds of the total sales of Christmas goods sold in China. During the first three quarters of this year, about US$50 million worth of Christmas commodities were sold in Yiwu, the sales volume increasing by 30% compared with same period last year.
“Without Chinese toys, kids around the world would not have so much happiness,” said an EU senior official.
Recently, visiting US Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez received a special gift from Li Changjiang, director of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (GAQSIQ).
“It (the gift) is very lovely, very interesting,” said Carlos Gutierrez when he received the gift from Li.
Director Li gave the gift, an electronic dog made in China, to Carlos Gutierrez in order to demonstrate that the quality of Chinese toys is reliable, said an official from GAQSIQ.
“Chinese toy manufacturing companies guarantee that they can make toys with good quality for children around the world and they hope that all children can have a merry Christmas,” Li said.
During the Christmas holidays, European consumers can buy Chinese toys with confidence because the quality of made-in-China toys is ensured, said chairman of the European Toys Industry Association.