The people running the show in China (see: economists, maybe some engineers) have just finished their annual Economic Work Conference meeting, and have outlined the nation’s six “Top Priorities” going into 2014. Food Safety, thank god, has not gone unnoticed and slides in at Numero Uno.
The goals were released by a Bank of America analyst and published by Business Insider, and Shanghaiist has gone through the effort of adding helpful reminders of how severely these six topics need to be patched up:
1. Increase national food security and safety.
See: Rat-lamb, poison milk and cookies, fake beef, poison dog meat, and more rat-lamb.
2. Improve industry structures, develop new growth drivers, and cut excess capacity.
See: Coal killing everyone, pollution killing everyone, everybody hating Paraxylene plants, and then the plants explode.
3. Control and tackle local government debt risks.
See: Stupid bullshit that will bankrupt us all.
4. Promote balanced growth in different regions.
See: Mo’ Money Mo’ Development, but it’s not spreading out very well. Also, toddlers killed in land-grabs.
5. Improve social welfare with focus on providing jobs to college graduates and workers laid off in industries with excess capacity and increasing supply of social housing.
See: College isn’t the job-grabber of years past, unless you’re down to wank in a cup.
6. Raising the level of openness by speeding up talks on free trade zones and investment treaties.
See: Deepening market-oriented reforms to promote the development of socialism with Chinese characteristics and probably a bunch of bullshit rumors about Facebook being unblocked.
Please, please just fix the rat-lamb situation. And maybe the air. Thanks.
[Image via Gigaom.com]