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China’s Family Planning ‘Farce’: The Tale Of A Senior Citizen’s $47 Vasectomy

Liu Changjiang, 58, was never planning on having children. But that didn’t stop a local health clinic in Henan Province from giving him a vasectomy. Though the surgery won’t affect China’s population numbers, it does help Changjiang’s village meet its ann

One child per family policies still reign in Chinese cities (Praziquantel)
One child per family policies still reign in Chinese cities (Praziquantel)
Liu Jinsong

SHUNHO - Liu Changjiang is a villager from the Shunho District of Henan Province. He is single, has no family and lives in a senior's home. Luckily for him, he is one of the few people for whom the government guarantees a state retirement.

But recently, he was also the unlikely recipient of a vasectomy, which was performed at a local family planning clinic specializing in sterilization surgery. Among the family planning measures used in China, vasectomy is one of the most effective, typically practiced by couples who already have two children and are under 40 years old. Changjiang is 58.

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NATO Entry For Sweden And Finland? Erdogan May Not Be Bluffing

When the two Nordic countries confirmed their intention to join NATO this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated his plans to block the application. Accusing Sweden and Finland of' "harboring" some of his worst enemies may not allow room for him to climb down.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared opposition to Finland and Sweden entering NATO

Meike Eijsberg

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LONDON — When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared his opposition to Finland and Sweden entering NATO, it took most of the West's top diplomatic experts by surprise — with the focus squarely on how Russia would react to having two new NATO members in the neighborhood. (So far, that's been a surprise too)

But now Western oversight on Turkey's stance has morphed into a belief in some quarters that Erdogan is just bluffing, trying to get concessions from the negotiations over such a key geopolitical issue.

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To be clear, any prospective NATO member requires the consent of all 30 member states and their parliaments. So Erdogan does indeed have a card to play, which is amplified by the sense of urgency: NATO, Sweden and Finland are keen to complete the accession process with the war in Ukraine raging and the prospect of strengthening the military alliance's position around the Baltic Sea.

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