Cementing the new accord between the two peoples, first commercial shipments of goods from the Chinese People's Republic to the United States arrived this weekend.
Cementing the new accord between the two peoples, first commercial shipments of goods from the Chinese People's Republic to the United States arrived this weekend. The shipments, picking up after a 20 year trade embargo, started with some pretty offbeat goods. An American freighter docking at New York on Friday unloaded a container of hog bristles from Chinese suppliers. The bristles are used to make hair and shaving brushes -- Chinese hogs apparently produce a better quality product than their American counterparts.
SYNOPSIS: An American container ship called Stag Hound, carrying a crate of special hog bristles, opened a new chapter in United States trade history on Friday. It was one of the first two shipments to reach the United States from the Chinese People's Republic under the new trade understanding between the two countries.
What was the significance of Chinese hog bristles? Apparently, they will be used to make hair and shaving brushes. It seems that Chinese hogs produce a better quality product than their American counterparts. The Chinese also manage to accomplish the extraction process-which requires a considerable amount of labour -- more cheaply than the Americans.
Twenty-five years ago, bristles and traditional artwork formed the basis of Chinese trade to the American port of San Francisco. Then came the twenty-year American trade embargo. It was lifted by President Nixon earlier this year as a direct result of ping-pong diplomacy. By the weekend, another shipment from the Chinese had reached San Francisco. It was made up of oriental delicacies like long-tailed anchovies, cuttle fish, lotus paste and bitter melons.