By Mark Schaub and Chen Bing King & Wood Mallesons’ Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Group
It would be safe to say that when Hong Kong rejoined China as a Special Administrative Region in 1997 there was little thought, if any, paid to milk powder and its effect on relations with the mainland. However, recent restrictions introduced in Hong Kong on the sale and distribution of milk powder produced by mainland suppliers has become a major, and indeed emotional, issue. As the 12th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee (“CPPCC”) and 12th National People’s Congress (“NPC”) (the highest authority of the PRC) commenced on March 5, 2013, baby milk grabbed the attention of representatives in both forums.
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