China is urging patriotic mainlanders to honour their revolutionary roots and avoid the lure of buying foreign products. The official state press yesterday encouraged consumers to buy only mainland-made televisions, air-conditioners and other household appliances to mark National Day. 'Traditionally, the majority of Chinese consumers thoughtlessly acquired foreign-made household electrical appliances, especially in the early 1980s,' the China Business Weekly said. 'But, they are becoming selective. 'As National Day approaches, sales of household electrical appliances are triggering a fiercer commercial battle between Chinese and foreign competitors.' The State Statistics Bureau yesterday reported a survey of 100 department stores in 35 cities found Chinese-made appliances were 'dominating the domestic market for the first time'. The bureau did not elaborate on the method or findings of the survey, although authorities said mainland-made television sets had a 72 per cent share of the market. China maintains a 50 per cent tariff on imported colour television sets, in addition to high tariffs on other foreign-made appliances, such as 40 per cent on air-conditioners and 60 per cent on video-cassette recorders and cameras. 'Although foreign companies are endlessly developing models to entice Chinese consumers, the quality of Chinese-made household appliances and their post-sales service are building a stronger reputation than ever among shoppers,' the weekly said. It urged patriots to buy only domestic-brand appliances such as Changhong televisions, Little Swan washing machines, Rongsheng refrigerators and Haier air-conditioners. Authorities failed to note many China-made appliances were manufactured with foreign know-how, including air-conditioners produced with technology from Germany's Liebherr Corp and video-cassette components manufactured with the assistance of Matsushita of Japan. A Gallup poll last year found most Chinese surveyed held in 'high regard' such recognisable brands as Panasonic, Hitachi, Toshiba and Toyota. The survey, the first consumer study of its kind in the country, prompted the State Language Working Commission to lament in a report that 'some consumers seem to be unreasonably drawn to any product with a foreign-sounding name'.