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The Meaning Of Marriage In Modern China

China has introduced a new modification to its national marital law, with a focus on defining a couple’s rights with respect to their shared real estate. What getting hitched – and divorced – says about modern China.

China has once again modified its marriage laws
China has once again modified its marriage laws
Yu Ge

Three days ago, the "Third Interpretation of Several Issues concerning The Marriage Law " was published and promulgated. Just as in the past, every time there's a modification of "The Marriage Law," there is a flood of cynical comments and complaints, as if an ethical earthquake has struck the foundation of our marriages and families.

In fact, the only controversy about this modification lies in the seventh item: When parents purchase, at their expense, real estate for their child after he or she is married, and register the property in the name of their child, the property is recognized to be that person's personal property; if the real estate is purchased by parents of both sides, and the property registration is in the name of one of the spouses, the ownership isin accordance withtheinvestmentshare of thetotal ofboth sides' parents.

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Is Soft Power Dead?

With an activist Supreme Court creating a gap between democratic rhetoric and reality in the U.S., and Russia and China eager to flex military muscle, the full-force return to hard power looks bound for dominance.

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Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — Russia's war in Ukraine rages on, tensions are erupting in the South China Sea and now abortion rights are being stripped away in the U.S.: Looking around the world, we have to ask: what is left of the notion of soft power?

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How can we talk about the power to convince when the power to coerce is increasingly the norm? And when there is such a gap between rhetoric and reality in the U.S. and in Russia and China, hard power almost seems to have become part of soft power?

“We will lead the world not by the example of our power, but by the power of our example,” Joe Biden said the day after his election. But what kind of example was he talking about? That of the Supreme Court’s judges, whose decision promises a terrible future to women and to all those who still wanted to believe in an enlightened and liberal America?

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