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Rise of Prostitution and Sex Industry in China

The sex industry is growing rapidly. Even small cities have their own entertainment districts. Estimates of the numbers of prostitutes in China range from 3 million according to officials estimates by the government to 10 million by the U.S. State Department to 20 million by one Chinese economist. By one count there around 1 million full-time prostitutes in China and perhaps 8 to 10 million more that sometimes accept money and gifts for sex. One marker of the booming sex industry in Shenzhen---both in terms of prostitutes and misstresses---is the high number of children born out-of-wedlock.

China has roughly 4 million to 6 million sex workers, according to a 2010 World Health Organization paper, and they can be found in every city, working out of hair salons, karaoke bars, hotels, massage parlors, bars, barber shops and on the street. [Source: William Wan, Washington Post, May 13, 2013 <>]

William Wan wrote in the Washington Post, “For decades after the Communist Party took control in 1949, prostitution was virtually nonexistent, banned by leader Mao Zedong and stamped out as a symptom of capitalism unfit for the new utopian proletarian state. But during the past three decades of breakneck economic growth, prostitution has reemerged as part of the dark and little'discussed flip side of China's economic miracle. <>

“As millions of rural men moved to China's cities for work, prostitution became commonplace in the crowded shantytowns where they lived, experts say. Demand also has been driven by a gender imbalance, with the strict one-child policy resulting in higher numbers of men than women. In addition, gender inequality, which limits education and economic opportunities for women, has pushed more of them into the sex trade, the study says. <>

Prostitutes used to be found mostly in well known bars and karaokes in the major cities. Now they are found everywhere: on university campuses, in residential neighborhoods and even at Wal-art stores in almost every town in every province Customers are often secured through cell phone and Internet services. These days there are so many prostitutes that an oversupply has forced prices down. Workers that earned $30 a trick in 2005, could only make $20 in 2006 and were earning only $13 a trick in 2007. There are some prostitutes that are so desperate they service scores of migrant workers for $1 a piece under bridges and overpasses.One 22-year-old prostitute told the Washington Post, “Though the price has gone down, the number of customers is up. I used to receive two visitors before, and now I have to do three to four a day. My income is the same. I just have to work a little harder."

The rise in prostitution is more a manifestation of a lack of well-paying jobs than a loss morality. Many prostitutes send a large portion of their income to their families and to their hometowns. One prostitute who worked in a textile factory and as a dishwater in a hotel before turning tricks told the Washington Post, “There was a karaoke parlor in the hotel.. .And all the girls didn't have to work at all. Yet they made big money. I worked all day and made 400 yuan [$53] a month. it's because of money that I became “bad," and joined the business."


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The US risks making a strategic blunder over China                                                       
Washington mistakenly views its relationship with Beijing as a power struggle

Zhou Bo @ Financial Times London February 25 2018
The writer is an honorary fellow at the PLA Academy of Military Science in China.



If China’s reform and opening-up since 1979 has succeeded in bringing the country to the centre of the global stage, it has also allowed the US to see whether the communist state would become more “like us” in the course of liberalisation.

The results of this experiment have been disappointing from a US point of view. Liberalisation has not changed China as the Americans had hoped.

Jim Mattis, the US defence secretary, used the unveiling in January of a new national defence strategy, following the national security strategy published at the end of 2017, to underline American discontent. “Great power competition — not terrorism,” he said, “is now the primary focus of US national security”.

The new strategy argues that China has become America’s main strategic competitor by “using predatory economics to intimidate its neighbours while militarising features in the South China Sea”.

But the Pentagon fails to explain how, if China is so predatory, it has managed to become the largest trading partner of 130 countries and regions including most of its neighbours and the US, given that trade is generally mutually beneficial. True, China provoked worries by engaging in land reclamation in disputed areas of the South China Sea. But no international law forbids land reclamation, and other countries have also engaged in it.

The US further claims that China seeks to displace American military influence, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region. How can China possibly do that when it has just one overseas post, a logistic supply station in Djibouti, while the US has dozens, if not hundreds, of overseas military bases, including some in China’s neighbours?

By viewing its relationship with China as a competition between great powers, the US is making another, far more consequential, misjudgment following its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. While economic security is indeed part of national security, an all-out trade war with China will only invite retaliation. And faced with a common threat, China might opt to become closer to Russia.

Besides, maintaining economic dominance is easier said than done. Under President Donald Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, the US tried to forge the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a collective effort to check Chinese influence in the region disguised as a trade agreement. But none of the putative members appeared willing to sacrifice their bilateral relationships with China. The pact is yet to come into force.

Today, the world faces two important questions: has the US gone into decline, and can a stronger China make the world a better place?

Although China has no intention to replace Pax Americana with Pax Sinica, the world’s centre of gravity is undoubtedly moving east. According to a Gallup poll in January, China has a higher worldwide approval rating, albeit by a slight margin, than the US. And although Chinese president Xi Jinping skipped the World Economic Forum in Davos this year, its theme of “creating a shared future in a fractured world” very much resonates with what he told the gathering in 2017.

Despite US claims to the contrary, China’s achievements cannot in any way be attributed to American support. Rather, the country’s growing influence stems in large part from its patient handling of the relationship with the US — despite serious incidents such as the Nato bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade in 1999 and the collision in 2001 of Chinese and American aircraft above islands that are part of China’s exclusive economic zone.

For years now, China has been able to manage the uncertainty that tends to surround a new American presidency. And by the end of each administration, relations between the two countries have generally improved.

The question today is how the US will behave towards China, now that Mr Trump sees it as a strategic competitor. One American media outlet described the national security strategy as “dead on arrival”. But if this is a serious policy document, the whiff of a new cold war, it may well prove to be a watershed in America’s irreversible decline.








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Greenapple96 Post time: 2018-2-27 20:28
China and the U.S. should learn from each other rather than fighting against each other.

Although very simple in just one sentence, that is in fact a very powerful and deep statement going to the heart of how to resolve the present situation of unnecessary tension.

But given how the US hammered in a new set of sanctions onto DPRK just when the latter has signaled it wanted to talk, it is too much to hope the US will ever learn anything, let alone from a China which has shown long-view consistency and age-long wisdom.

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