China's product safety watchdog said that imported gas turbines by General Electric were dangerous, the Financial Times reported. Officials at the General Administration of Quality Supervision,
Inspection and Quarantine said some GE turbines "had caused several big
accidents, which not only have brought serious economic loss to their
users, but also threatened the safety of electricity grid and supply,"
and that GE had repaired some units but the problems persisted. Concerns over the safety Chinese exports have caused global product recalls and sparked alarm, especially in the US. However, an agency official contacted by the FT denied that the complaints against GE were politically motivated. General Electric denied the charges. “There have been no other issues at the Baochang power plant
reported to date. The outages did not present a safety risk to the
operators,” it said. “GE has 1,200 (of these units) installed around the world operating at over 99% reliability.”