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Survey cites China for its unsuitable quality of life
Yang Jia, The Epoch Times
6/15/2005

According to a survey by the Taiwan Mainland Affairs Council, China’s air and drinking water are severely polluted, and its ecosystem is out of balance. Fake medicines overflow the market and its security system is corrupt. People are deprived of their freedom of belief, and in all aspects, China has become an unsuitable place to live. The Council reminded Taiwanese who visit mainland China to be aware of the poor environment and to consider the health risks.
The survey indicates that one third of China suffers from acid rain. The toxic vapors produced by common interior household materials claims 305 lives each day. About 60-80% of the 10 million people who have become deaf and mute acquired the condition as result of bad medicine. Three hundred million people do not have access to safe drinking water. The disposal rate for China’s large quantity of garbage is only fifty percent, and the social welfare is in jeopardy.

In 2004, the United Nations’ Development Planning Bureau published an article stating that 16 of the 20 most unsuitable cities for quality of life are in China. On March 2, 2004, people in Jianyang City, Sichuan Province had no water for 13 days because the Tuo River was polluted with ammonia and nitrogen. At present, of the 1.3 billion people in China, about seven hundred million lack drinkable water.

People in several areas where the water is polluted (the Qian Tang and Huai rivers) have experienced the “cancer village” phenomenon. Severe air pollution affects nearly one third of the urban population and causes acid rain in 250 cities. This makes China one of the world’s three worst areas for acid rain.

The outgassing of synthetic materials produced by the upholstery and furniture industries has become a new source of air pollution. According to an August 2003 report by China’s Children’s Hygiene and Illness Prevention Supervision Center, each year, more than one million children under the age of five die from indoor air pollution.

Inadequate public safety has also affected the quality of life. According to the Chinese Communist Party Public Security Colligation Research and Administrative Committee, only five to seven cities in China have reached the standard for safety, and as many as 132 cities fail to provide a safe living environment.

Pollution in China has spread from land to water and from ordinary pollutants to extremely toxic ones. The pollution of air, water, and land poses a severe threat to personal health, animal life, and the food supply.

In addition, the government strictly controls and monitors people’s religious beliefs. Since the policy of reform, at least 2.7 million people have been detained for their beliefs; about 440,000 people have been sentenced to forced labor camps; and about 200,000 people have been forced to leave their homes to escape persecution. Thousands have disappeared.

Untold thousands have been persecuted in a variety of ways—dismissed from their jobs, put under house arrest, or tortured, some even to death. According to Chinese authorities, one’s religious belief is a matter of national security, not a personal choice.

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