» 04/06/2006, 00.00
Communist official dares police to shoot criminals
Deputy Communist party chief in rich Guangdong province dares police officers to shoot criminals; if not, they should be ashamed.
Lunar New Year to begin cold, dark and without water
Millions of Chinese will have to wait to see their power and water supplies restored. Diesel generators arrive but only in big cities. For experts the ongoing crisis shows the state’s inefficiency, lack of ideas and equipment shortage.
China’s one child policy won’t change despite causing skewed male/female ratio
Official data are in and point to the policy’s failure. Only one Chinese in three respects it, and the rich can always “buy” the right to have more children. Government will keep restrictions in place till 2010 but says it might drop them later.
Modern-day slaves are beaten and buried alive as police looks the other way
Freed “slaves” tell their horrific stories. Rescued by relatives they talk about police indifference. Children lured with promises of jobs are kidnapped and forced to work like adults. Factory owners threaten and beat parents who try to rescue their children and those of other parents.
Beijing clinic shut down for illegal human embryos trade
The facility operated without a permit, implanting up to 300 human embryos per year in surrogate mothers paid for the service. Birth rates become a major emergency in China.
Fines not enough, China resorts to public shaming to enforce one-child policy
The policy includes heavy fines for couples with second child, but the rich and famous are not frightened by the prospect of paying. Zhejiang province now plans to increase fines and release the names of violators.
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