The Straits Times
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Published on Nov 10, 2012
 

Young Chinese reporter puts officials on the spot

 
 

BEIJING (AFP) - 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' 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, she asked why China cannot 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," she asked during a congress delegate meeting, according to state-run China News Service.