Over 5,000 couples divorce each day in China during first quarter

13:39, June 02, 2011      

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China's civil affairs organizations have dealt with more than 465,000 cases of divorce in the first quarter of this year, an average of over 5,000 per day.

According to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Civil Affairs posted on its website, the number of divorces in the first three months increased 17.1 percent year-on-year.

"Marriage in China has entered a phase of uncertainty," Chen Yijun, an expert of sociology in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, was quoted as saying in Thursday's People's Daily.

Less communication between husbands and wives and increasing extramarital affairs are the big killers of marriage, said Chen.

Chinese men and women are becoming increasingly independent in terms of personality and finance, he said.

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