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Police now help pick baby names

JIADING District police have found a way to help parents who are seeking a unique name for their child, which is difficult in a country of more than 1.3 billion people.

Parents can simply use the Jiading police microblog to check possible names.

Wang Xi, 31, tried the new service yesterday. He sent a message to the Jiading District Public Security Bureau's microblog, including two names he was considering for his baby.

In the afternoon he received a reply from Jiading police, saying the name Wang Xiaomao is used by 133 people and Wang Damao is used by 21 people in Shanghai.

"The service is incredible," Wang said.

Chinese can use two to six characters for a name.


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