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Opening China Offices Brings FDA Early Test On Bridging Globalization Gaps

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

FDA's opening of offices in China will be an early test of how the agency handles the challenges of globalization, not only in working with foreign governments but also in restructuring itself to operate with worldwide footing

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