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La Croix - France | Sunday, August 16, 2015

Tianjin explosion also concerns Europe

More than 100 people were killed by a fire and a series of explosions in the Chinese port city of Tianjin on Thursday. Many more, particularly firefighters, are still missing. The disaster should serve as a wake-up call for Western consumers, the Catholic daily La Croix warns: "The goods leaving China's ports are destined for our markets. That should make us ask what happens before we buy them. If the Chinese products are still so inexpensive when they reach their point of sale thousands of kilometres from where they were produced, it's also because they are manufactured under social and environmental conditions that we would find unacceptable. For that reason it would be good, as was the case after the Rana Plaza textile factory tragedy in Bangladesh, for public opinion to up the pressure in the fight against this dark side of globalisation."

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