China media: High abortion rate

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Image caption Papers say China needs to provide better sex education to its youth.

Papers in China express concern over high abortion rates among young women and call for better sex education for the youth.

Health authorities say that 62% of the 13 million abortions carried out each year are performed on women aged between 20 and 29, most of whom are single, the China Daily reports.

The report adds that almost 20% of these women have had more than one abortion.

Experts believe that the number is even higher as the statistics exclude abortions carried out at unregistered clinics.

Guo Min, a health expert from a non-governmental organisation, tells the paper that most of these women are not well educated and have never received any sex education.

Echoing similar views, the China Youth Daily observes that the younger generation is more open, but the lack of sex education leads them to "display risky behaviour".

Sex is still a taboo subject in China and many parents and teachers avoid discussing the topic with youngsters.

Wu Shangchun, a researcher from the National Health and Family Planning Commission, tells the paper that young people are obtaining sex-related information from various avenues, and urges parents and schools to communicate more on the topic.

Experts are also concerned about the "misleading" advertisements that play down risks of abortions.

The Tianjin Daily criticises the "irresponsible advertisements" for claiming that such medical procedures are "quick, painless and risk-free", leading to reckless decision-making.

Military parade

Elsewhere, state media say China will stage a military parade this year during a ceremony commemorating the end of World War Two.

A People's Daily article confirms that China will host the troop-reviewing ceremony this year to mark the "victory of the anti-Fascist War" after foreign media first broke the news.

Details of the timing and venue of the ceremony are not known, but the party's flagship paper reveals that Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to attend.

This will be the first time a foreign leader will attend a military parade in China, it says.

According to the analysis, China feels the time is right "to display the country's military might against the backdrop of various international problems, such as the Ukraine crisis".

The article adds that the parade will "show the world the determination of China to maintain the post-war world order" and also prove to be a "deterrence force against Japan".

It will boost troop morale and public confidence, as well as sending a signal to corrupt officials that the army remains loyal to the party, says the commentary.

The Shenzhen Satellite TV quotes Huang Dong, a military expert, as saying that China is "exerting pressure on Tokyo" because of the revival of right-wing forces in Japan.

Ties between Japan and China have been strained over rival territorial claims in the East China Sea and disputes about Japan's World War II history

'Vitriolic' Western media

And finally, the Global Times slams a US media outlet for accusing China of "looting" Myanmar (also known as Burma).

"China's exploding appetites have unleashed a wholesale looting of Myanmar's valuable natural resources," the New York Times editorial says.

The editorial, published on Friday, said the "exploitation" comes in the form of theft as well as crony capitalism.

Criticising the piece as "vitriolic" for portraying China as a "hooligan", the Global Times' editorial criticises the paper for attempting to "disseminate hostility against China in Myanmar society".

"It's worth noting that the Chinese government is firmly against any illicit acts…It takes a particularly harsh attitude against drug trafficking. There is no correlation between the immoral performance of a minority of Chinese and China's Myanmar policy", the daily assures.

It then lashes out at Western media for playing "a bad role in messing up Chinese investments in Myanmar".

"For a long time, Western public opinion has characterized China's economic activities in other developing countries as exploitative for resources," it observes, sounding a word of caution that Burma needs "to keep alert to this Western rabble-rousing".

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