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China warns on foreign toy design

A Chinese employee sets up a Barbie doll on a pedestal for display at a toy store in Beijing
China has the biggest share of the global toy market

Chinese toy makers should avoid using unsafe foreign designs to assure quality of their products, China's foreign ministry spokesman has said.

China is the biggest toy exporter in the world. In 2006 it sold 60bn toys, which was 60% of the global toy market.

There have been a string of safety concerns about products made in China, including toys, milk and toothpaste.

Ahead of Christmas, when many Chinese-made toys will be bought, China wants to guarantee the quality of its toys.

"If problems are found, then none of these products is allowed to be exported," said China's foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang.

He urged producers to pay attention both to production and foreign designs.

"For example, some Chinese toy makers manufacture based toys on foreign orders and designs, and then export. Then when problems are found, they are found with the design. Those designs came from abroad," Mr Qin said.

According to the government, more than half of China's toy exporters have gone bust so far this year because of rising production costs, the stronger yuan and tightened toy safety standards.

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