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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

China letter News Digest May 4 AEST

China Letter News DigestA "China Letter" Digest of News items that are too noteworthy to go unnoticed but too numerous to comment on every one.

1.33 million Chinese couples divorce last year: "China has more than 1.33 million couples say goodbye last year, with an increase of 154,000 cases than the previous year, according to a recent report issued by China's Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA). "

Reporters sans frontires - China - 2004 Annual Report: "The passing of power into the hands of a fourth generation of communists leaders, headed by President Hu Jintao, had little impact on press freedom in 2003. The authorities launched a massive reform of the media sector but control over the content of news remained the rule."

Rural trend of abandoning babies spreads to the cities : "Officials are reluctant to discuss the problem, but experts have estimated that between 20,000 and 100,000 babies are abandoned every year."

Henan using traditional medicines to fight AIDS
: "Central China's Henan Province, which reported the biggest number of HIV/AIDS patients in China, will kick off a new campaign next month to fight against these afflictions with traditional Chinese medicines."

Life & Leisure News Article | Reuters.com: "'Unemployment, healthcare, pensions. If I had to put them in order of importance, I'd say the biggest difficulty we face at the moment is unemployment,' said Yi, vice director of the Guangdong Labor and Social Security Bureau. "

In lonely northwestern China, stalwarts wage a quixotic fight against the desert
: "The children scramble up the hill on bare feet, leaving their village behind and kicking dust clouds in their wake. Licking cracked lips, they squint at the only ocean they have ever known the undulating sand that creeps silently toward their doors."