Monthly Archives: March 2012

Building bridges together

How the Chinese can help reshape U.S. infrastructure, Zhang Yuwei reports from New York. For the past few years, China has been rapidly building its infrastructure. The pace has been so fast, in fact, that many people say the United States could learn a thing or two from China.  High-speed rail lines, airports and train […]

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Staying faithful to old traditions

In ancient China, women who had premarital sex or those who committed adultery faced extreme punishment, including drowning and being buried alive. Zhu Xi, a famous Song Dynasty (960-1279) academic of Neo-Confucianism, believed that being chaste was more important to a woman than food, which was one of the reasons why traditional Chinese rules were […]

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Taboo takes its toll on women

Male obsession with ‘pure’ brides highlights society’s inequality, experts tell Yang Wanli in Anhui, and Jiang Xueqing and He Na in Beijing. As the world marked International Women’s Day on March 8, China reflected on many achievements in women’s rights. Yet, the issue of virginity appears to be just as divisive as ever. Although attitudes […]

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Congress deputies call for greater female voice

More women should be elected as national legislators at the next National People’s Congress (NPC) elections in 2013, female deputies at this year’s NPC session urged. “The United Nations suggests that female numbers in congress or other legislatures should reach 30 percent, while the figure in our country has not reached that level,” Sun Xiaomei, […]

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Survey: Fewer women execs

Number declines from previous year but remains above world average, Wang Zhuoqiong reports. Women held a quarter of the senior management positions in businesses on the Chinese mainland in 2011, a survey has found. That figure declined from the 34 percent of the previous year but was still higher than the world average of 21 […]

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Green light for new nuclear expansion

China plans to import more uranium this year than last year and to buy uranium mines abroad, particularly in Canada, said Qian Zhiming, deputy director of the National Energy Administration. Qian also said China might resume undertaking nuclear projects in the first half of the year. He said the Chinese government has finished drafting the […]

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