The Communist Party said it would loosen restrictions on foreign investment in e-commerce and other businesses, and allow private competition in state-dominated sectors. The announcements are being described as China's biggest economic overhaul in two decades.
Behind all our material goods, from iPhones to sneakers, is a narrative of exploited Chinese workers with bleak lives. Reporter Leslie T. Chang says that's a disrespectful narrative. She sought out workers in a Chinese megacities and tells their stories.
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In order to have a second child, one parent would have to be an only child under the new policy. Previously, both parents had to be only children. China has been loosening the policy for years as it tries to combat a gender imbalance as well as a labor shortage.
A state-run news service says the government will make a big change to the policy designed to restrain population growth. That policy has also led to a relative shortfall of young people and especially of girls.
The U.S. relationship with the Philippines goes way back. University of Hawaii Professor Patricio Abinales, who was born in the Philippines, tells Steve Inskeep his country's love-hate relationship with the U.S. began in the late 19th century after America purchased the islands from Spain.
Novelist Gina Apostol grew up in Tacloban before moving to America. She has relatives in cities near Tacloban, who have been making their way to the shattered area to try to help other family members. She says her family worries about the law and order situation there.
While the aid effort continues to ramp up, many in the typhoon-ravaged nation are still waiting for food, water and adequate shelter. "Nothing. Nothing happened," one survivor said Friday after waiting hours for food aid that never arrived.
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