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Treasury Secretary: Americans fear Chinese products

Americans fear Chinese products, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said, adding that the reason was the recent recalls.

He said both countries needed to work together to address safety issues that have been raised about a host of Chinese products from tainted toothpaste to toys containing lead paint.

"Recent and repeated reports of tainted food and product imports are causing fear and uncertainty in American consumers and harming the 'Made in China' brand here in the United States," Paulson said in a speech to a conference on U.S.-China relations.

He said China must make bold moves to refocus its economy, fight off protectionist forces and address the growing concerns about tainted Chinese imports.

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