» 02/19/2009, 00.00
ILO forecasts loss of between 7 and 22 million Asian jobs in 2009
The group warns about the risk of social protests, and advises governments to save the jobs and provide for the needs of the most vulnerable. But many say that the estimate is too optimistic: in China's Guangdong province alone, 20 million jobs were lost in the second quarter of 2008.
Jia Qinling: Maintaining order and social stability in Tibet
The Political Consultative Conference is underway, and the National People's Congress meets in two days. The Chinese leader calls for maintaining the "harmonious society," urging that workers not be fired and their pay not be withheld in the face of a deepening economic crisis. Repression of the Tibetans has been approved. Beijing is under tighter police control than it was during the Olympics.
Rural population assisted, exploited as a new domestic market
A new document from the communist party to support the rural population and utilize it in the current economic crisis. Preoccupation over social revolts. Hu Jintao: the army should prepare for military clashes.
China's exports collapse, more than 20 million jobs lost
Exports dropped by 17.5% in January, more than the most downbeat projections. Imports are down by 43%: the markets of the Asia-Pacific region are in crisis. It is feared that growth will not exceed 6%. Now attention is on what the government will do, after focusing so far only on public investment and bank financing.
Xinhua says there will be more unemployment and social revolts in 2009
With the closing of factories, unemployment is on the rise for migrant workers. There is also unemployment among new graduates, and young people seeking their first job. It is estimated that in 2009, Beijing will have to find jobs for at least 33 million people.
Urban unemployment over 12%: high risk of social protests
A researcher warns that unemployment is much higher than the official numbers, and that the increase of social injustice could generate a situation out of control. Meanwhile, the government is revising fuel prices, and increasing taxes on it.
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