I think I have just encountered a new low in the quality of Chinese design and manufacturing.
I have complained before about the extraordinary brittleness of most plastic made in this country, rendering items like ice-cube trays and washing-up bowls effectively a one-use only deal because they break so easily. Well, here is an especially egregious example. A few days ago, I bought a pack of eight fruit yoghurts. The supposedly perforated or weakened joints connecting the pots are in fact much stronger than the plastic forming the rest of the pots. Indeed, even the adhesive holding the foil lids on to the tops of the pots is stronger than the body of the pots! Such that when you try to separate two of the pots or to remove one of the lids from a pot, you tend to inadvertently tear the pot in half instead - and thus dump gloops of yoghurt on your kitchen floor. I would not have thought it possible to create something this CRAPPY, but.... this is China.
Maybe it's something to do with the weather. The seemingly robust and well weather-proofed windowframes in the elevator lobby on my landing have suddenly revealed themselves to be hopelessly corroded inside. The one most often opened (by a couple of my elderly neighbours who like to smoke out there) has just had its door-handle latch completely break away from the frame, leaving the window uncloseable.
The building management, with the half-assedness that is unfortunately so characteristic of this country, have sought to remedy this problem by.... sealing the window with sticky tape. Needless to say, this is not a very effective fix. Particularly when there's a north wind blowing in at 20 miles an hour. If they don't fix it properly soon (you know, replace the window with a new one), the temperature in that lobby is going to be sub-zero, and we could get snow accumulating in there.
By strange coincidence (well, probably not such a coincidence: the same crappy windowframes have been used throughout the building), the handle has just broken off my kitchen window in exactly similar fashion. My only consolation is that the window is now jammed shut, rather than left permanently open. Ah, China.