- The Washington Times - Monday, January 7, 2008

BEIJING (Agence France-Presse) — Exports of Chinese toys rocketed in the first 10 months of last year, despite a wave of high-profile recalls of products made by the Asian nation, state press said yesterday.

In the period from January to October, China shipped abroad $7.1 billion worth of toys, an increase of 20.1 percent from the same period a year earlier, the Xinhua news agency reported.

It compares with a growth rate of just over 6 percent in the corresponding period of 2006 from the preceding year, according to Xinhua.

Even exports to the United States, which has been rattled by a series of widely publicized recalls, rose 13.3 percent in the first 10 months of 2007 from a year earlier.

China is the world’s top toy exporter, selling 22 billion toys overseas in 2006, or 60 percent of the globe’s total.

However, it came under embarrassing international pressure last year after millions of toys exported to the United States and Europe were found to have dangerous defects.

In one of the most high-profile cases, U.S. toy giant Mattel recalled 18 million toys because of concerns about items made with toxic lead paints and magnets that posed a choking risk to children.

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