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Chinese Public Deserve An Apology Over Electric Bike Ruling

Editorial by China Daily urges government's State Standardization Administration to issue a public apology for poor decision-making.

Published: 06-Jan-2010

The suspension of new standards for electric bicycles announced before their implementation in the New Year is not just an embarrassment to the State Standardization Administration (SSA), it shows how problematic the decision-making process is in some government departments.

On the surface, it was the lack of consideration for the impact the new standards would have on electric bicycle users, manufacturers and urban traffic on the part of the SSA and relevant officials and experts that resulted in the embarrassing situation.

In essence, a lack of respect for public opinion and for the reasonable and scientific decision-making process was to blame.

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