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More men say 'I do' to mail-order Vietnamese women (2)

By Yan Shuang (Global Times)

08:24, May 29, 2012

Legal gray area

Similar agencies offering mail-order brides in China have sprouted across the country in recent years to meet growing demand. All exploit a flaw in the current law that does not specify detailed punishments for those found guilty of operating illegal matchmaking agencies, said Yang Xiaolin, a lawyer specializing in marriage law at the Beijing Yuecheng law firm.

"The State Council notification has created an opportunity for agencies to conduct illegal businesses for profit under the guise of legally registered consulting companies," Yang told the Global Times.

A Nanning-based marriage agency in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region compiles profiles on Chinese clients to help Vietnamese women decide if they are suitable husbands, who are physically healthy and financially secure.

"I know our business is not permitted by the Chinese government, but there is no punishment," said an employee from the agency, who only gave her name as Youyou. "Even if we are shut down, the marriages of our clients are still legal," she added.

Qi Huan, a researcher from the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies at the Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times that mail-order bride agencies have been active in China for decades.

"The Vietnam War compounded poverty in the country and sparked a serious gender imbalance with more women, many of whom search for husbands from wealthier countries," Qi said. Many mail-order brides from Vietnam marry husbands from Guangxi, Yunnan, Zhejiang and Fujian, he added.

Debate over regulation

Not all marriages between Vietnamese women and Chinese men result in bliss, with some brides fleeing shortly upon relocating to China.

An official from the Vietnamese embassy in Beijing, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Global Times law enforcement authorities from both countries have teamed up for crackdowns on illegal international marriages and human trafficking.

"We know the agencies are illegal in China, and they have no connection with the Vietnamese government," the official said.

The Chinese government has given tacit consent to illegal international matchmaking agencies because there are too many of them to regulate, said Hao Pengfei, director of the China Social Work Association Working Committee on Marriage and Family at the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

"These agencies are cunning enough to con marriage registration officers into believing couples have married by free will, even if they haven't," he said.

The Chinese government should be more open on international couples who marry legally and on their violation regardless of whether their union is mediated by an agency, said Liu Guofu, an immigration law expert from the Beijing Institute of Technology.

"It's better if international marriage agencies receive governmental approval and are regulated according to law. Demand in the industry has led to more underground businesses, which are more difficult to deal with. It's always easier for the government to supervise and regulate, rather than crack down with force," Liu said

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knots at 2012-05-29175.136.217.*
Instead of promoting matchmaking marriages, maybe its better to encourage the Chinese to go over to Vietnam to explore patiently its culture, beautiful environment and if opportunity strikes the ideal spouse. Buying brides is costly with the chances of success no greater than 50% at the very very best. Why hurry then? Might as well discover Vietnam slowly. Use the rigth means to attract. One cannot manufacture a family like manufacturing a brick - wrong notion.
Temujin at 2012-05-2972.220.40.*
chinese women want prefer western men than chinese men because size is matter. Vietnamese are also prefer Vietnamses Over Sea especailly from US, Europe, and Japan than china because china is a poor third world country no better than vietnam plus chinese cannot be trust.

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