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  1. Doctors link near-doubling in twin births to fertility treatment

    Posted May 10th 2009, 12:00am by Barclay Crawford

    ... in Central, said the Council on Human Reproductive Technology would release statistics later this year that should prove that the increase in fertility treatments had led to the jump. The overall birth rate has increased as more mainland mothers have come to Hong Kong. There were 70,875 births in 2007 compared to 48,209 in 2002. But Dr So said he suspected the number of people seeking ...

  2. The one-child enforcers who are pushing for two

    Posted Jul 24th 2009, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... Will Clem, Lilian Zhang and Anna Zhang in Shanghai Family planning officials in Shanghai are going on the offensive- not to reduce the birth rate, but to boost it. While having a second child has long been allowed for some couples under the one-child policy, apparently too few families are taking advantage of this. So, for the first time anywhere on the mainland since ...

  3. Don't blame the global crisis on China's one-child policy

    Posted Jun 04th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... savings are higher in China than many other economies. At the same time, the total fertility rate is low at just 1.7 babies per woman, while the sex ratio is monstrously skewed, at 123 baby boys for every 100 girls. But blaming the one-child policy doesn't work. Although China's fertility rate has fallen since the policy was introduced, it seems likely that the drop is more ...

  4. The one-child policy has outlived its usefulness

    Posted Nov 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to China. Experience from around the world has shown how frustrated young men are more prone to radical politics; they also contribute to higher crime rates. With no family to rely on in their old ... and abortion also overwhelmingly target women from poorer families. As China rises, economic development and rising education levels are more likely to bring about declining birth rates with more ...

  5. Long-distance call

    Posted Nov 29th 2009, 12:00am by Nadine Bateman

    ... Nadine Bateman London-based Dr Xiao-Ping Zhai is famous for making babies with herbs and twigs. 'That's just a joke by some of the British media,' she laughs, 'I use herbs but not twigs. I don't know where they got that from.' Zhai is a fertility expert who has a practice on Harley Street, internationally recognised for its elite, private health ...

  6. Untangling the threads of the new Silk Road

    Posted Apr 20th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland Following this month's Group of 20 summit meeting in London, acres of newsprint and millions of blog inches were devoted to analysing the significance of the leaders' group photo. Any number of commentators latched on to the obv ...

  7. BlueChem to expand trading arm

    Posted Mar 30th 2009, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... Eric Ng China BlueChemical, the country's second-biggest maker of nitrogenous fertiliser, plans to expand its nascent trading operation, hoping the division will contribute 20 to 30 per cent of revenue in three to five years. The unit of oil and gas ...

  8. From being an economic boon, one-child policy may breed a serious social problem

    Posted May 25th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The one-child policy caused a dramatic fertility decline. According to a report by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Chinese women's overall fertility rate is now well ...

  9. Test-tube boy a stand-out success

    Posted Oct 07th 2009, 12:00am by Mimi Lau

    ... Mimi Lau in Changsha, Hunan Luo Youqun is a young man with regular features, one of hundreds you might meet on any street in Hunan province on any given day. If you passed him, you might well think he was just another diligent-looking student in glasses a ...

  10. Review social welfare fundingeditorial

    Posted Nov 11th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... fertility and more elderly are only part of our challenge; divorce rates are climbing and integration with the mainland means increased immigration. A review of resources and Hong Kong's ...




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