Officials are scrutinising Canadian exporters of the stuff on quality concerns. China’s status as a giant trader is one of its few real geopolitical levers. But using health and safety for political ends also hampers watchdogs doing much-needed work to improve standards at home.
Raul Castro's coming handover of Cuba's presidency is an effort to prolong beyond his own life span the communist revolution he built with late brother Fidel. Trying to modernize could also destroy it, though. And with neighbor Venezuela getting less able to provide cheap oil, economic reform can't wait.