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China works to better handle complaints for social harmony

A senior Chinese official Friday called for better handling complaints to promote social harmony..

Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Political Bureau, told a meeting here that the work to take in people's complaints and solve their problems is vital for improving the relations between the Party, government and people.

At China's Party organs and government departments, offices are set up to receive common people's letters, calls and visits.

From August to September, the central government sent 16 teams to 26 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities as well as 15 central government departments to inspect their work in this field.

Reviewing the reports from the inspection teams, Zhou said problems existed and in some localities and fields, the government's efforts in handling complaints did not meet with people's needs and expectations.

"The decisions made by the government should be scientific, democratic, open and in line with laws so as to prevent new social disputes," he said.

The government should review the risks to social stability when adopting new polices and carrying out reforms, he said. "Policies, projects and reforms that most people oppose should be stopped or suspended."

When new problems occur, officials should investigate its cause and mend related policies, he said. "People's legal requests must be fulfilled."

The government should improve communications with the people through the offices of letters and calls, he said.

"We should educate people and help them express their opinions in a rational and orderly way," he said. "We would handle those, who raise their requests irrationally illegally, in line with laws."

(Xinhua / Editor: Fang Yang Oct. 16, 2009)

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Official Opinion on Gap between Rich and Poor: Deeper income gap calls for reform to solve deeper conflict in China. Xinhua

China's post-90s generation open-minded, frustration-prone

China's new generation of freshmen, born in the 1990s, were more open-minded than their predecessors but less able to cope with frustration, a survey has found.

The survey covered 800 students at Wuhan University in central China's Hubei Province, who entered in September from all over the country. They answered questions on consumption, psychology and social issues.

They were found to be neither as selfish nor as difficult to get along with as people generally believed to be, according to the survey, released on Wednesday by the China Youth Daily.

In the survey, 77 percent said they were self-confident and 64.8 percent considered themselves open-minded and ready to try new things.

However, 72.3 percent said frustrations would have a negative impact on them.

Xiao Yongping, dean of the law college of the university, said the post-1990s students were more independent in thinking and choosing than those born in the 1970s and 1980s. He said their childhood environment -- the Internet age with abundant information -- had made them precocious, self-confident and passionate. (Xinhua)

Official Opinion on Gap between Rich and Poor: Deeper income gap calls for reform to solve deeper conflict in China. Xinhua

China opens website for public verification of ID cards

Nov. 7, 2008 - China's Public Security Ministry on Friday opened a website for citizens to verify individual identity cards.

Any ID card can be verified for a 5 yuan (73 U.S. cents) online payment at the site,, with a few seconds.

The system is intended to facilitate transactions where ID is needed, such as online trading and apartment rentals, where fake IDs are often used.

The system was already in use for government departments, financial institutions and telecom companies to protect their security and prevent payments in arrears.

It has also been used during national tests to verify the test-taker's ID and crack down on impostors.

The ministry has stored about 1.3 billion pieces of ID information on China's legal residents. (Xinhua)

China's one-child per family planning policy has not only led to higher standards of living but has drastically reduced the fertility rate which has slumped to 1.8 children per woman in 2008 from 5.8 children three decades ago, an official said today.

China's family planning campaign which began about 30 years ago, has benefited the world's most populous nation and the world at large, said Li Bin, director of the National Population and Family Planning Commission.

In broad terms, the policy limits one child per family, especially in cities. Li said it has helped control population growth and reduce fertility rate to 1.8 children per woman in 2008 from 5.8 children three decades ago.

"China's per capita GDP reached USD 2,400 in 2007," Li said. "Without the policy, that figure, according to official calculations, would have been USD 1,800." Besides, if not for the population control, the country's resources and environment would face even heavier pressure, as its per capita arable land, grain, forest, water and energy would decrease by 20 per cent, she was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.

Family planning also helped improve the standard of living in China.

The country's average life expectancy has risen from 68 three decades ago to 73 today. That's the same level in moderately developed countries.

China has 680,000 executives and 35% are women

China has 680,000 business executives in major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, up 14 percent from 2007, and 35 percent of them are women, according to the 2008 China Business Executive Survey (CBES) carried out by China Market Research (CTR).

China?s rising class of business leaders is getting younger and higher in status. Department heads and general-managers make up 77 percent of the total and 25-44 year olds account for 70 percent. Managers born in 1970s are becoming the backbone of the group. Their average annual earnings were 157,000 yuan in 2008, up 36.5 percent from 115,000 yuan in 2007, while their household income grew by 39 percent to 263,000 yuan. The executive class, it seems, are media junkies, with 88.4 percent regularly reading newspapers, 86.3 percent watching TV, and 74.7 percent surfing the Internet.

The survey found that 69 percent of executives have favorite brand products that they are reluctant to change. Nearly all (97.3 percent) own property, and 61 percent focus on location and amenities when choosing a house. The number owning a car rose 10 percent to 47 percent; 65 percent say they consider safety features when deciding what car to buy, while 50 percent pay attention to fuel consumption and emissions.

74 percent have investments, with 43.2 percent owning shares, 27.6 percent investing in mutual funds and 9.5 percent owning life insurance policies.

Many felt under pressure, with 47 percent complaining of high workloads and 41 percent fretting over personal responsibilities. 66 percent said they felt more pressure at work this year than last, and over 50 percent said general pressures of life were growing. But 72 percent of executives say they are satisfied with their present jobs and lifestyle.

CTR Market Research interviewed 3,800 people in eight major cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dalian, Hangzhou, Wuhan and Chengdu) for the 2008 China Business Executive Survey. Executives were defined as entrepreneurs, department heads and managers responsible for at least 50 staff.  By Jessica Zhang ( October 6, 2008)

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4,000 Chinese Named 'Olympic Games'
BEIJING, June 11--More than 4,000 Chinese have been named "Aoyun" or "Olympic Games" in an apparent nod to the Beijing Olympics, state media reported Wednesday.

According to the police-run centre for information on identity, 92 percent of the 4,104 Chinese who were registered under the given name of "Aoyun" were males, the Beijing Youth Daily reported. "Aoyun" in Chinese means "Olympic Games". Beijing hosts the Games in August.

Nearly 680 of the names were registered in 1992, when Beijing first applied to host the Games and another 553 were registered in 2001, when the Chinese capital was awarded the 2008 Olympics, the paper said.

A long tradition exists in China for naming children after current events with many children named "build the nation" or "defend China" after the People's Republic was established in 1949.

From 8 to 24 August 2008, the People's Republic of China will host the Olympic Games.

The Beijing Games will be the largest in history. They will cost about 41 billion Swiss francs, 10,500 athletes will compete, the games staff will total more than 180,000. 22,000 journalists will cover the event and 7,000,000 tickets will go on sale.

The Paralympic Games will start on 6 September and end of 17 September. Athletes will compete in 21 disciplines.


China staggers under soaring grocery bills. The Globe and Mail. Nov.14 -- The food crunch
  • 55%. PORK: Prices soared after farmers cut production because of increased feed costs and outbreaks of blue ear disease, which killed 70,000 animals and prompted the government to destroy thousands more.
  • 34% EDIBLE OILS: Three people were killed last week in a stampede for cut-price cooking oil in Chongqing. Prices for edible oils have risen on reduced oil seed crops.
  • 30% VEGETABLES: Bad weather has led to poor vegetable crops and pushed up prices. Rising food costs threaten to fan unrest, spur wage demands and undermine the stability of an economy that grew 11.5 per cent in the third quarter.

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