FOR WOMEN, CHINA IS ALL TOO TYPICAL

So far the only clear lesson to come out of the U.N. women's conference in Beijing is that China is run by a band of ill- mannered male chauvinist control freaks. The major U.S. news outlets have dwelt, with morbid fascination, on the abuses of women in China, from forced sterilization to the strong-arm tactics of the Chinese police. This is valuable information, especially for the one-quarter of the world's women who are Chinese. But did 40,000 women have to travel to Beijing just to confirm what one man, Harry Wu, more or less established a couple of weeks ago?

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