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The Economist | Dec 28, 2011

THE march of sex-selective abortion in Asia seems relentless. Not every society adopts the practice, but those that do—and they include the two largest countries on earth—have seen it spread through every social group, unhampered by growing wealth. Indeed, middle-income couples seem more willing and better able to manipulate the sex of their children than are the poor. And they are more likely to want smaller families, increasing the premium on sons in countries where males are seen as more valuable.As a result, richer areas have more sex selection than poorer ones and sex selection tends...

Guardian | Dec 28, 2011

Yeti crabs, sea cucumbers and snails at Dragon Vent may be new species, but time is running out before mining startsBritish scientists have found a remarkable array of creatures, some of them new to science, in one of the most inhospitable regions of the deep sea.

New York Times | Dec 28, 2011

A long-awaited government report said design flaws and sloppy management caused a bullet train crash in July that killed 40 people and triggered a public outcry over the dangers of China's showcase transportation system.

Christian Science Monitor | Dec 28, 2011

China is the third nation to develop its own satellite navigation system, after the US and Russia. While it will be open to the public, analysts worry about its military uses.

People's Daily | Dec 28, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Political Bureau, has urged lawyers to play a greater role in the efforts to develop a law-governed socialist nation.

Zhou made the remarks Monday at a workshop attended by the newly-elected members of the Eighth Council of the All-China Lawyers Association (ACLA), at the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing.

In his speech, Zhou called on council me ...

People's Daily | Dec 28, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- China is facing a stern challenge of farmland protection as many construction projects are encroaching on arable land and exceeding the scale envisaged in the country's land-exploration plan, according to a report delivered to the top legislature.

Uyunqimg, vice-chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), made the remarks Wednesday when she delivered a report concerning China's farmland-use on behalf of a NPC law enforcement inspe ...

People's Daily | Dec 28, 2011

BEIJING, Dec.28 (Xinhua) -- Perhaps the days when hundreds of millions of Chinese migrant workers had no choice but render their land desolate to find jobs in the city are gone.

In 2011, more and more have benefited from transferring, leasing, or mortgaging land-use rights, said Uyunqimg, vice chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People' s Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, in her report Wednesday on the implementation of the law on rural land contracts.

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Foxnews | Dec 28, 2011

A long-awaited government report said design flaws and sloppy management caused a bullet train crash in July that killed 40 people and triggered a public outcry over the dangers of China's showcase transportation system.

New York Times | Dec 28, 2011

America’s global competitiveness is based on introducing the newest, best ideas. So what happens when China catches up?

New York Times | Dec 28, 2011

According to one of the world's foremost sociologists of religion, China first must break the tyrannical spell cast by Mao Zedong in order to establish true freedom.

Foxnews | Dec 28, 2011

A long-awaited government report said design flaws and sloppy management caused a bullet train crash in July that killed 40 people and triggered a public outcry over the high cost and dangers of China's showcase transportation system.

People's Daily | Dec 28, 2011

HONG KONG, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong stocks ended lower on Wednesday with the smallest turnover in three year, after a report showed the falling of U.S. housing prices.

The benchmark Hang Seng index closed down 110.5 points, or 0.59 percent, to end at 18,518.67 points, after trading between a day low of 18,461.97 and a day high of 18,621.5 points.

Turnover totaled 27.895 billion HK dollars (about 3.588 billion U.S. dollars), 0.7 percent lower than the last trading day.

The Hang Seng ...

People's Daily | Dec 28, 2011

HONG KONG, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong Monetary Authority and the three note-issuing banks -- Standard Chartered, HSBC and the Bank of China -- announced on Wednesday New Hong Kong dollar 20 and 100 banknotes will go into circulation on Jan. 11.

This is primarily to meet demand for the notes to be used for "gift money" before the Chinese New Year, which is due Jan. 23.

The new banknote will be circulated and available for exchange from Jan. 11.

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People's Daily | Dec 28, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- The output of all major agricultural products will have increased in China this year, marking the first time for such an event in 16 years, a senior agricultural official said Wednesday.

The country's vegetable and fruit output is expected to hit 677 million tonnes and 142 million tonnes in 2011, up 4 percent and 8 percent, respectively, year-on-year, Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu said at the annual central conference on rural work.

The output of meat, fo ...

People's Daily | Dec 28, 2011

KABUL, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Afghan government and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) inked an agreement here Wednesday after the China's state-owned firm won the country's first oilfield bidding.

"According to agreement signed with the CNPC today, the ( Chinese company) is to explore and extract the Amu Darya River Basin oil deposits or Amu Darya River Oil Zone in the northern Afghanistan and will start producing oil in the next two years," Afghan Minister for Mines Waheedullah Sh ...

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