Family relations in the People's Republic of China

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Amnesty Opposes Imminent Deportation of Chinese Women Who Protest ‘One Child Policy’
News release from Amnesty International, 17 November 1995. The women fled to the US supposedly because of their opposition to China's one-child policy. They may face compulsory abortion or sterilization in China.
Wanted: Lover to Add Zip to Chinese Marriage
By Cindy Sui, The Washington Post, 20 April 2000. Urban populations increasingly believe extramarital affairs are a form of pleasure and can help a marriage by making up for what you don't find in your spouse. Conservative factions in the government have tried since the mid-1990s to curb promiscuity, but the laws have never passed, primarily due to a growing belief in China's liberalizing society that one's love life is no longer the government's business.
Domestic violence pushes China to vary marriage law
The Straits Times, 26 July 2000. Violence in families has been growing steadily as Beijing's embrace of a sink-or-swim market economy has increased domestic financial pressure. Family violence is a growing problem which is pushing Beijing to amend its marriage laws, which also deal with bigamy, concubinage and shirking the responsibility of taking care of the elderly.
Unfaithful men. . . Infidelity threatens Chinese family values
The Straits Times, 1 August 2000. Marriage in China is under attack, with increasing reports of bigamy, illegal cohabitation and extramarital affairs which have led to the breakdown of family values and even murder, jeopardising social stability. Women's groups trying to battle the trend have to face an ingrained culture that suggests that a man is not a success unless he has at least one concubine.
Legislators Question Anti-family-violence Items in Marriage Law; Amendment Draft
Xinhua, 26 April 2001. China's top legislators urged the amendment draft of China's Marriage Law top legislature, to include more precise items against family violence. The amendment draft provides that community organizations and police bear the responsibility to stop family violence and maltreatment of family members
China Bans Substitute Mothers
Xinhua, 2 August 2001. Chinese medical workers are banned from executing any form of substitute pregnancy technology. Semen and eggs of a couple are fertilized in-vitro and then planted into another woman who will give birth to a baby for the couple.