BEIJING (AP) — Chinese health officials say only 700,000 newly-qualified couples have applied for having a second child this year, far below earlier estimates that an easing in the country's birth policy would add 1 million to 2 million extra births per year in the first few years....
BEIJING (AP) — China on Saturday formally allowed couples to have a second child if one parent is an only child, the first major easing of its 3-decade-old restrictive birth policy. First announced by the ruling Communist Party’s leadership in November, the decision was officially sanctioned by the standing committee of China’s top legislature, the...
By Casey Hynes Since last week, when rumors of Chen Guangcheng’s arrival at the American embassy in Beijing broke, the Western media began to buzz with rumors and speculation about his fate. The blind Chinese activist and dissident had escaped from his home in Shandong province after spending nearly two years under house arrest. Yet...
ZHUJI, China (AP) — Seven months pregnant, Wu Weiping sneaked out early in the morning carrying a shoulder bag with some clothes, her laptop and a knife. “It’s good for me I wasn’t caught, but it’s lucky for them too,” said Wu, 35, who feared that family planning officials were going to drag her to...
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