Briefs, March 9, 2013

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 March, 2013, 4:02am

Official says scrap one-child policy

Wu Shimin, vice chairman of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission, advocated ending the one-child policy as China faces an ageing population and many of these children are in "weak" physical health, the Economic Daily's affiliated news portal reported. He said in Shanghai there would be one person aged 60 or older for every three people by 2050. Wu pointed to an exchange programme in Beijing last summer between Chinese and Japanese students, saying that local kids lost in almost all the sports competitions and were teased by their guests. Teddy Ng


Guangdong: merge cities to save money

Ou Guangyuan, former chairman of the Standing Committee of Guangdong People's Congress, said the province is under financial pressure because it has too many officials, Guangzhou Daily reported. Ou said Guangdong must merge cities to lower administrative cost. Teddy Ng