China Advances on All Fronts

The Chinese government has made two announcements. First, it's giving every vegetable a unique identity number and file. The Beijing News reports that this is to ensure food safety during the 2008 Olympics. The government also announced its border police have a new duty: marriage counseling. Called "love the people, consolidate the borders" — the idea is that happy couples will in turn help the police secure the borders.

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Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne with two announcements from the Chinese government. First, it's giving every vegetable a unique identity number and file. The Beijing News reports this is to ensure food safety during the 2008 Olympics. No mention of fruit. The government also announced its border police have a new duty: marriage counseling. Called love the people, consolidate the borders, the idea is that happy couples will in turn help the police secure the borders. This is MORNING EDITION.

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