BIOETHICS IN CHINA
Article first published online: 11 APR 2008
© 2008 The Author. Journal compilation © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Volume 22, Issue 8, pages 448–454, October 2008
How to Cite
LI, E.-C. (2008), BIOETHICS IN CHINA. Bioethics, 22: 448–454. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8519.2008.00643.x
- Issue published online: 8 SEP 2008
- Article first published online: 11 APR 2008
- Hanzhong euthanasia case;
- bioethics committee
Historically, the preconditions for the emergence of bioethics in China. were political reforms and their applications. The Hanzhong Euthanasia Case and the publication of Qiu Ren-zong's academic work Bioethics played a significant role in the development of bioethics in China. Other contributory factors include the establishment of the Chinese Society of Medical Ethics/Chinese Medical Association (C.M.A), the publication of the Journal of Chinese Medical Ethics, and the teaching and education of bioethics in China. Major achievements of bioethics in China include the establishment of ethics committee and ethics review system, active international communication and cooperation among the academic circles, and the successful management of the 8th World Congress of Bioethics in Beijing in 2006. Chinese bioethics focus on native Chinese realities and conditions, absorb the international research achievements in relevant fields, and combine international ideas with traditional Chinese doctrines. Admittedly, there are still some aspects to be improved, yet bioethics has attracted a lot of attention from the core leadership in China and has gained sound financial support, which augers well for its further development. This article also briefly introduces the development of bioethics in Hong Kong and Taiwan, China.