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Consumers: Food prices still too high

12-15-2010 08:48 BJT

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At the just concluded annual Econoimc Work Conference, China's top decision makers say they will stabilize the country's soaring food prices. To find out how far they must go to do so, our reporter Wang Guan went to a vegetable market in Beijing, where most customers say they're anxiously waiting for political resolve to translate into concrete measures.

The soaring prices of farm produce throughout the year have been upsetting to the country's medium- and low-income residents.

So upsetting that they've been sternly venting their discontent on the Internet.

Suan Ni Hen (蒜你狠), Jiang Ni Jun (姜你军), and Dou Ni Wan (豆你玩) are three terms recently coined by Chinese netizens. The derogatory slang phrases mock the skyrocketing prices of onions, ginger, and beans, among other products. They have also become some of the hottest buzzwords among the nation's online community in 2010.

Talking to customers at a local vegetable market, only a few people say they're okay with the current prices, while most complain that goods are too expensive.

A local resident of Beijing said, "Eggplant isn't too expensive, and green vegetables aren't too bad either."

Most customers say they're anxiously waiting for political resolve to translate
into concrete measures.

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