Nongfu Spring water is sold in Beijing. The brand saw its sales of bottled water drop after a newspaper investigated its quality standards. Photo: Ricky Wong Nongfu Spring water is sold in Beijing. The brand saw its sales of bottled water drop after a newspaper investigated its quality standards. Photo: Ricky Wong
Nongfu Spring water is sold in Beijing. The brand saw its sales of bottled water drop after a newspaper investigated its quality standards. Photo: Ricky Wong
Patrick Boehler
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Patrick Boehler

China still tests bottled drinking water using 'Soviet standards'

Nongfu Spring water is sold in Beijing. The brand saw its sales of bottled water drop after a newspaper investigated its quality standards. Photo: Ricky Wong Nongfu Spring water is sold in Beijing. The brand saw its sales of bottled water drop after a newspaper investigated its quality standards. Photo: Ricky Wong
Nongfu Spring water is sold in Beijing. The brand saw its sales of bottled water drop after a newspaper investigated its quality standards. Photo: Ricky Wong
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Patrick Boehler

Patrick Boehler

Patrick Boehler has published on China and Southeast Asia in four languages for publications in the US, Europe and Asia. After stints with Austria's ministries of defence and foreign affairs in Vienna and Beijing, he began his reporting career in Kuala Lumpur with the Malaysian online news portal Malaysiakini and, later, The Irrawaddy Magazine, a Myanmar exile publication in Thailand. He holds a doctorate in political science and has taught journalism at the University of Hong Kong. Follow him on Twitter: @mrbaopanrui