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China consumer rights show holds fire on foreign targets

CCTV's signature investigative program treads carefully amid US trade talks

A woman strolls past the offices of state-owned China Central Television in Beijing. The broadcaster's annual consumer watchdog program airs every March 15.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- China's annual consumer watchdog program limited itself to criticizing domestic companies this year, a change of pace at a delicate time for Beijing's relationship with foreign enterprises.

This year, the China Central Television name-and-shame special highlighted unsanitary conditions at a plant producing sweets for children, as well as the dumping of syringes and other medical waste.

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