June 29, 1990 |
The CIA, in a strikingly gloomy portrait of the situation in China, said Thursday that the world's most populous country faces the prospect of renewed social unrest because of angry workers and mounting unemployment. In its annual report to Congress on the Chinese economy, the CIA said that chances for a quick return to the market-oriented reforms of the 1980s are "dim" and that the country's social stability is "tenuous."
March 28, 1998 |
A Chinese dissident has been sentenced to three years in a labor camp because of a letter he wrote to parliament about unemployment, a Hong Kong-based human rights group said Friday. Yang Qinheng, 44, was arrested Feb. 26 and began his sentence the next day, the Information Center of Human Rights and Democratic Movement in China said.
April 11, 1994
Serious Unemployment Problem Is Acknowledged: The government said that moves away from the socialist welfare state had put unprecedented strains on the economy. Li Boyong, labor minister, said: "China's employment situation is extremely difficult, and the country now is faced with unprecedented challenges in deploying all the jobless." The official Xinhua news agency, which quoted Li, said China would try to register its unemployed to get some control over the situation.
November 23, 1998 |
The latest TV series to hit this northern Chinese port city isn't likely to be a ratings blockbuster. Its Tuesday morning slot isn't quite prime time. Its stars don't qualify as celebrities. And the show's premise--how to become the perfect maid or other domestic worker to serve the growing middle and upper classes--hardly promises a broad audience.
June 20, 1988
China's state firms are laying off thousands of "superfluous" workers, while the fired workers are accusing bosses of "exploitation" and "anti-communism," according to the official People's Daily. In the first public debate on the problem of unemployment, the article--the latest in series--said that 90 state firms in Shanghai had moved 3,000 workers from their posts and put them in other jobs at lower pay.