North Korea, Beijing, China discussed on Global News Podcast
No, the hill, this as a significant breakthrough. However, here comes the cold water part when it comes to the weapons program in North Korea, this slight, although it has been part in significant part in developing ballistic missiles dismantling. It doesn't necessarily mean that it's ballistic missile capability has been dismantled because they know have the capability to fire from mobile sites. Yes, it's a small step forward, but it is that because there are dozens if not hundreds of sites connected to the weapons program across North Korea, which we don't even knew about. Meanwhile, North and south are continuing little dialogues today. It's been announced by the South Korean defense ministry can reduce the guard posts along the demilitarized zone along the border. That's a big step. But the big steps and the bigger picture will need to be between North Korea and the US or correspondent in Seoul. Chinese officials are battling to control public anger following a scandal over vaccine quality that's engulfed. One of the country's major pharmaceutical corporations, worried parents are rushing to hospitals to see of their children's vaccinations are valid and stocks in Chinese medicine and biotech companies have tumbled China correspondent. Steven McDonnell reports from Beijing. I'm standing outside the children's hospital next to written park in Beijing's east. It's busy here at the best of times. But today there's added concern hats. Not surprisingly parents flooding in here just like they are hospitals Rosh around the country to make sure that children are okay though. This seemed to be no cases. So far of people actually getting sick as a result of taking these inferior vaccines. Parents are wanting rish. Short that children are actually safely covered right now for diseases like hooping cough and tetanus. They're asking for copies of their children's vaccination records, so they can check for themselves just with hospital bought the vaccines. This is also becoming a crisis of confidence in the Chinese system with many seriously doubting the ability of the authorities to guarantee that medicines will be safe in the park across the road from the hospital. People walk with their children after visiting the doctor. Here, it's not hard to find those who've given up on Chinese pharmaceuticals and to hoping to buy from overseas from now on shall which we knew he doesn't. It hasn't been that long since the last incident like this, the inspection routines clearly don't work believe. We've been let down again and gain from milk powder to food safety to this vaccine scandal. It's all unsafe. They sent a guy if this hadn't been in the press, we would never phoned out purity. Inspections are China's state. Drug administration officials might feel little unfairly criticized for allowing this situation to develop after all. They were the ones who caught one of this country's big drug companies lying in its records. Following a flesh inspection Chong shown biotechnology was ordered to put a halt on its sub-standard production of a rabies vaccine. The company tried to reassure inspectors, but none of this batch of lift the factory. The en- later Drug administration offices discovered that two hundred and fifty thousand doses of an inferior diphtheria whooping cough and tetanus vaccine had already been sold. They had to be recalled. And now there is to be a major investigation Xu Jing heard deputy director of the state. Drug administration went on state television. Threatening criminal prosecution coming cheer, Young Australia time, we discovered that the company forged production and inspection records, these actions are serious violation of the law. And now the company itself has responded in an official statement Chaozhou about -nology. We'll call rates with drug regulators investigation the company deeply apologizes for this incident. This is all along way from China achieving its goal of becoming a reliable, global exporter of safe vaccines that report from Beijing buying Steven McDonnell..