A Chinese cosmetics company is using skin harvested from the corpses of executed convicts to develop beauty products for sale in Europe, an investigation by the Guardian has discovered.
Agents for the firm have told would-be customers it is developing collagen for lip and wrinkle treatments from skin taken from prisoners after they have been shot. The agents say some of the company's products have been exported to the UK, and that the use of skin from condemned convicts is "traditional" and nothing to "make such a big fuss about". ***
"A lot of the research is still carried out in the traditional manner using skin from the executed prisoner and aborted foetus." This material, [an agent of the company] said, was being bought from "bio tech" companies based in the northern province of Heilongjiang, and was being developed elsewhere in China.
He suggested that the use of skin and other tissues harvested from executed prisoners was not uncommon. "In China it is considered very normal and I was very shocked that western countries can make such a big fuss about this," he said. Speaking from his office in northern China, he added: "The government has put some pressure on all the medical facilities to keep this type of work in low profile."
One would hope that Mr. Bush -- a standard-bearer of the "Culture of Life" -- would raise issues like this when he meets with Chinese President Hu Jintao on Tuesday.
But, because they are financing the massive debt created by Mr. Bush's wars and tax cuts, the Chinese hold all the cards.
UPDATE: Over at his blog, Peoria Pundit, Bill Dennis compares Communist China to Nazi Germany:
[T]his form of government inevitably and invariably produces acts of evil every bit as horrible as those produced by Nazi Germany.And unfortunately, it's like a Nazi Germany that makes all of our stuff.