Youth and children in the People's Republic of China

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McDonald's employing child labour to produce toys
AFP, 17 August 2000. Children as young as 14 were employed to make promotional toys for McDonald's in sweatshop conditions in southern China. Youngsters worked 16-hour days, seven days a week, earning 1.5 renmenbi (US dollars) an hour to produce Snoopy, Winnie the Pooh and Hello Kitty toys for McDonald's.
China paying more attention to orphans
The Straits Times, 5 February 2001. New laws and better-trained social workers are changing the way China cares for its orphans—most of whom are abandoned because of the one-child rule.
Children's weight gain alarms doctors
By Julia Han, South China Morning Post, 27 March 2001. Junk food has produced increasingly overweight urban children and alarmed medical specialists as youngsters eat more than their bodies need. High-calorie, high-fat food plus insufficient exercise and a taste for sweets or fast foods.
Only-Child Generation Craves for Peers
Xinhua, 7 November 2001. Based on middle school survey, most young Chinese who have no siblings wish to belong to groups, and they love activities organized by their peers. The majority of Chinese families now have only one child since the one-child policy has been in place for nearly 20 years as a measure to control population growth.
China's Children Work Fruitful
Xinhua, 5 May 2002. In last decade, remarkable progress in children's rights and development, due to National Program of Action (NPA) for Child Development in China in the 1990s. Mortality rate dropped; compulsory education drive; child welfare institutions. There are still many difficulties, as China struggles to modernize, such as regional disparities and AIDS among children.
Chinese Children Have 28 Anxieties: Survey
Xinhua, 30 May 2002. Chinese youngsters are suffering from stress and anxiety in their daily lives. Young people are worried by either too much or too little guidance from their parents, improper methods used in their upbringing, problems at home and at school caused by parental friction, communication barriers with classmates, teachers, friends, and in society.