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WOMEN IN CHINA FACE NUPTIAL BIAS

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Fewer than half of China's women have complete say in who they marry, a survey published in China's major newspapers on Friday said.

The survey, conducted by the state China Central Television Co in May, showed 47.6 percent of 10,061 female respondents had the power to decide entirely who they marry, the newspapers said.For centuries, China's women had no say in their marriages. Parents and matchmakers decided the fate of women often without them seeing their future grooms on the basis of family alliances, wealth and status.

The survey showed that 31.5 percent of today's women consult their parents on whom they plan to marry, the China Youth Daily and the China Women's News said. It did not say how the marriages of the other respondents were decided.

Women in 30 provinces were polled, the biggest survey on wom-en of its kind ever, the newspapers said.