Business: Bread for China

Let them eat shortcake

Western palates have long feasted on such Chinese dishes as Peking duck and dim sum. Now, at last, the Chinese will be able to sample such sometimes questionable Western delicacies as white bread, doughnuts and perhaps eventually shortcake. The People's Republic of China next summer will open an American-style demonstration bakery in Peking. The goal: to give the Chinese a quick Western alternative to time-consuming products like boiled rice and hand-shaped noodles.

The $1.5 million bakery has been under discussion since November 1978, when Chinese officials told visiting U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Bob Bergland that they wanted to supplement...

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