Women to get more power

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PEKING - China said that it would give women more political power, and perhaps even instal a female deputy prime minister by the end of the century.

Gearing up to host the United Nations World Conference on Women in 1995, Peking promised to fight discrimination and put at least one woman in an official position in all leading government bodies by 2000, Xinhua news said.

Only one of the eight state councillors - Peng Peiyun, head of the State Family Planning Commission - is a woman. The position ranks below the prime minister but is above ordinary ministers. Reuter