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Poll shows rampant forgery in China

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 18:31

Beijing: Highlighting rampant forgery and
prevalence of fake products in China, a new poll found that
over 99 per cent of the people surveyed had experienced such
practices in every day lives.

A recent online poll conducted by China Youth Daily
raised concerns over the widespread and rampant practice of
forgery, fake products to false news reports.
Of the 1,365 people who participated in the poll, 99.5
per cent said they had experienced forgeries in their every
day lives.

Over 70 per cent of respondents said they had dealt
with some form of forgery, including fake products, pirated
books and CDs, and text message scams.

"Different interest groups tend to gain profits
through forgeries, since developing the economy is still the
top priority in this country," Bai Zhili, a professor at the
School of Government, Peking University, told the Global

A series of incidents involving forgeries have been
reported recently, including that of more than 200 pilots who
were found to have faked or lied on their resumes in the past
two years.

"Every day we receive fake resumes in our work, and
the percentage of fake resumes is between 10 to 15 per cent,"
Richard Bensberg who specialises in exposing people who cheat
on their resumes said.

"CV forgeries stop well-qualified applicants from
competing in the job market, which is unfair to them and
influences social morality in a negative way," he said.

The poll showed that 60 per cent of respondents choose
to tolerate forgeries even when their interests are harmed,
while more than 80 per cent hope the government will
strengthen supervision mechanisms.

"The government has the biggest responsibility in
cracking down on forgeries because it is the only institution
that is entitled to do so by law," said Bai.

"The Chinese government needs to strengthen its
capacity for enforcement based on the law and clarify the
responsibilities for different government departments on
cracking down on forgeries to change the current situation,"
Bai added.


First Published: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 18:31
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