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CHINA: U.S. offers greater opportunities to kids Continued from Page 1 many of them starved to death. In 1989, the likelihood of a newly admitted orphan surviving in a Chinese Chinese welfare institution was less than 50 percent, the report claims. The report also claims children are abused in terrible ways. China continues to rebut the allegations allegations about its child welfare system, system, saying the report is unfounded. "Those allegations are nothing," Li Minggang, a spokesman with the Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C., said. Chicago-area authorities say claims such as those in the report may stir sympathy and interest in Chinese adoptions. But they are concerned concerned the allegations might hamper relations between the countries. Although Noel saw her daughter and other orphans were treated well, she said the child probably will be better off growing up in the Unit- ed States than in China. "Definitely, she'll have more opportunities than being an orphan in China," Noel said. Although the adopted children will grow up in the Northwest suburbs, both McCaslin and Noel said they will raise their daughters to understand understand their heritage. And although the children are from an entirely different culture, both women said they feel for the children as if they had borne them. "I wondered what it would feel like," Noel, a mother of two boys ages 16 and 6. "Within a couple of hours there was no difference. We just look a little different." The Associated Press contributed to this report. "WE TURN PAGERS ON" APPLE BEEPERS MOTOROLA PAGER

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  1. The Daily Herald,
  2. 15 Jan 1996, Mon,
  3. Page 106

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