Par­al­lel worlds: Gun safety and safe sex

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - PAGE TWO -

In the United States, talk comes and goes about the dan­gers of guns, and what to do about ac­ci­den­tal shoot­ings and crime. I no­tice a sim­i­lar cy­cle in China, but here the talk is not about guns — it’s about sex. Yes, sex ed­u­ca­tion is back in the news, with ad­vo­cates and aca­demics mak­ing their case for ageap­pro­pri­ate train­ing of chil­dren and ado­les­cents. (Why this sub­ject is the least bit con­tro­ver­sial in 2017 baf­fles me.)

Let’s face it: Both guns and sex are dan­ger­ous. Ei­ther can be mis­used. But when it comes to sex, the great­est danger, by far, is not crime, it’s Mother Na­ture. There is no stop­ping pow­er­ful teenage hor­mones. Like it or not,

This Day, That Year

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Chi­nese courier com­pa­nies are ex­pand­ing their global net­works, help­ing over­seas buy­ers re­ceive prod­ucts from the coun­try faster.

SF Ex­press re­cently young peo­ple are go­ing to dis­cover their bod­ies and an­swer bi­ol­ogy’s ir­re­sistible call. That’s just a fact. Any­body who thinks oth­er­wise is day­dream­ing.

Pre­tend­ing this force of na­ture can some­how be sup­pressed by re­fus­ing to talk about it — or, worse, bur­den­ing what should be a joy­ful ex­pe­ri­ence with guilt and shame — is be­low wish­ful think­ing. Deny­ing young peo­ple the knowl­edge they need to deal with their nat­u­ral sex­ual urges bor­ders on crim­i­nal neg­li­gence. Their lives can lit­er­ally be ru­ined be­cause they sim­ply didn’t un­der­stand the con­se­quences, or take pre­cau­tions.

I was as­tounded to learn this week that there are 13 mil­lion abor­tions in China an­nu­ally. That’s a lot of peo­ple who don’t seem to un­der­stand sim­ple con­tra­cep­tion. By com­par­i­son, the United States, whose pop­u­la­tion is roughly one-fourth of Chi- an­nounced it was team­ing up with the US lo­gis­tics gi­ant UPS.

Each com­pany has com­mit­ted to in­vest­ing $5 mil­lion in the joint ven­ture.

SF’s own de­liv­ery net­work in­cludes 51 coun­tries and re­gions.

In May, YTO Ex­press, backed by e-com­merce pow­er­house Alibaba Group Hold­ing, launched a global par­cel al­liance fea­tur­ing couri­ers in 25 coun­tries.

The com­pany aims to be­come a lead­ing global lo­gis­tics ser­vice provider in a mar­ket dom­i­nated by DHL, UPS, and FedEx. na’s, sees fewer than 1 mil­lion abor­tions. The health im­pact on women has got to be stag­ger­ing, both phys­i­cally and psy­cho­log­i­cally. And then there are sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases, in­clud­ing HIV, which is now grow­ing fastest among Chi­nese ado­les­cents.

It seems a good time to pull our col­lec­tive heads out of the sand for the sake of the next gen­er­a­tion. What lov­ing par­ent would refuse to tell a child not to eat poi­son, or not to run into the street in front of cars, or not to touch an open flame? Not one. Why, then, do so many seem to fail in teach­ing their chil­dren about safe sex?

There’s a les­son in the guns.

In the US, I own many his­tor­i­cal and recre­ational firearms. Tar­get shoot­ing has been part of my life, and I’ve shared my en­thu­si­asm with my chil­dren, start­ing as soon as they were toi­let trained. I

In the sec­ond quar­ter of this year, Chi­nese couri­ers han­dled 9.8 bil­lion parcels, up by 31 per­cent year-onyear, ac­cord­ing to the State Post Bureau.

The sec­tor gen­er­ated more than 120 bil­lion yuan ($18 bil­lion) in rev­enues in the pe­riod.

The govern­ment has won’t be the par­ent of a child who killed him­self or a friend be­cause he stupidly didn’t un­der­stand the ba­sic me­chan­ics of safety.

Safety was Les­son 1. If you touch a gun, check the cham­ber. Ev­ery time. Leave the ac­tion open. Never let the bar­rel cross some­thing you’re not will­ing to de­stroy. Those lessons, de­liv­ered at ten­der ages, took root. My chil­dren are now fe­ro­ciously com­pe­tent when it comes to gun safety.

It took me longer to un­der­stand that I needed to be equally di­rect about safe sex — but I got there. It’s the only ra­tio­nal choice. Ne­glect­ing this duty would be like hand­ing a kid a loaded gun.

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called for the es­tab­lish­ment of sev­eral over­seas lo­gis­tics cen­ters dur­ing the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20).

Cainiao Net­work Tech­nol­ogy, Alibaba’s courier ag­gre­ga­tor, has al­ready es­tab­lished such cen­ters in South­east Asia, cut­ting costs and sav­ing de­liv­ery time.


A win­ter won­der­land is cre­ated for a wed­ding photo shoot at a theme park in Yan­tai, Shan­dong prov­ince, on Tues­day.

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