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200 ‘Smart’ Condom Machines Installed in Shanghai

From Xinhuanet: Two hundred condom vending machines have been installed in residential, business and market centers around Shanghai to mark Wednesday’s World Aids Day. The machines are operated by cards that are distributed to residents and entertainment workers free of charge. About 20 percent of residents report using condoms, double the figure reported in 1995.

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Sony Forms Joint Chinese TV Venture

From Sony Pictures TV said it has formed a joint venture with Hua Long in China to develop Chinese-language television projects including sitcoms, drama series and movies. This is the first development to arise out of the government’s recent decision to allow overseas investors to buy stakes in Chinese television companies. Viacom and Disney […]

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Gov’t to allow Disney and others to invest in Chinese TV

Another story on new rules governing foreign ownership of TV stations, from the Malaysia Star today: Beginning Nov. 28, foreign companies will be allowed to own up to 49% of Chinese TV firms, provided they use “China themes” in two-thirds of their programming. The worlds largest television audience will welcome overseas giants like Viacom, Disney […]

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China Considers Revamping One-Child Law

New research commissioned by the government has led officials to reconsider China’s strict one-child policy, according to an article today. Fearing the one-child limitation may lead to social unrest and have adverse economic effects, the government is considering changing the policy to allow families to have two children. On average, Chinese women have fewer than […]

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