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What Chinese “Chengguan" should learn from their UK counterparts? [Copy link] 中文

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A  recent article on Chinese News Weekly interviewed a Chinese couple who sell noodles at a market in London. The couple  praised Britain’s version of “Chengguan” (urban management teams) for their  diplomatic approach and the article seemed to suggest that China’s troubled  Chengguan team could perhaps draw some valuable lessons from the UK.

The  couple in question has been selling pulled noodles and other Chinese snacks for  five years at a market in East London and are said to enjoy good business. When  interviewed, they said that London’s Chengguan doesn’t appear very often but  when they do it is to make sure that their food meets the food safety  standards. When a problem arises, they usually never resort to immediately  banning the stall, but issue warnings, reminders and instructions instead.  After issuing the warnings, they usually come back some time later to inspect  if the instructions have been adhered to.

In  contrast, the reputation of China’s Chengguan has been dragged through the dirt  due to constant reports of Chengguan acting violently towards vendors or  destroying their stalls on the spot. This is of course only one side of the  story however and most street vendors in China are in fact operating illegally.

That  said, could a system of polite warning and reminders work in China? We’re  somehow skeptical.

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