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The World : China Assails U.S. Move

China accused the United States of “groundless attacks” for threatening to trim U.S. contributions to a U.N. population program because of reports of forced abortion in China. Zhou Gucheng, head of the National People’s Congress health committee, said Peking opposes any coercive practice, including forced abortions, and that population policy is each nation’s sovereign right and Washington is violating this principle. U.N. officials have said that their work in China involves contraception, education and research and not abortion.


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