Well, an apparently higher up Chinese official has moved quickly to squash that hope. According to the Wall Street Journal on March 11...
China will keep its controversial family-planning policies for at least another decade, the country's top family-planning official said, damping any expectations of a change....
Zhang Weiqing, minister of China's State Population and Family Planning Commission, told China's state-run China Daily newspaper that abandoning the policies at this point would cause "serious problems," put a strain on economic development, and cause more problems than it would solve....
"The current family-planning policy, formed as a result of gradual changes in the past two decades, has proved compatible with national conditions," Mr. Zhang said. "It has to be kept unchanged at this time to ensure stable and balanced population growth."...
Critics of the policies have pushed for change, saying a lower birthrate may actually lead to social difficulties because there will be fewer young working adults to pay taxes and look after the elderly. Coerced abortions and sterilizations have also been connected to the rules, and critics blame them for the current imbalanced sex ratio in China.
Expectation had been building that there could be a possibility of a revision to the policy since a vice-minister of the National Population and Family Planning Commission said last month that the government was considering an incremental relaxation of its family-planning policies. But now, it appears that the government wants to clarify its position....
Mr. Zhang said an overhaul would be a simplistic approach to solving population-related woes. "Given such a large population base, there would be major fluctuations in population growth if we abandoned the one-child rule now," he said.
This is so sad. What is this world coming to? Children are considered a curse anymore.Posted by: heather at March 14, 2008 7:01 AM
Wow, those propaganda posters are so fascist. They remind me of the stuff coming out of Italy and Germany in the 1930s.
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March 3rd at: China Newspaper: Official Wrong on Reversing Forced Abortion One-Child Policy at http://www.lifenews.com/int643.htmlPosted by: Steven Ertelt at March 14, 2008 10:03 AM
"Germany in the 1930s"
Well, Hitler was just about as anti-choice as you can get. He wanted some women to have kids whether they wanted them or not, and for others not to, again regardless of their wishes.Posted by: Pap Taylor Gang at March 14, 2008 10:13 AM
Steve, 10:03a: Ah, I'm slipping; missed that one!Posted by: Jill Stanek at March 14, 2008 11:08 AM
No problem, so did the WSJ! lolPosted by: Steven Ertelt at March 14, 2008 2:29 PM
Scary that in China the government can demand forced abortions. They have basically made families illegal.Posted by: truthseeker at March 15, 2008 12:10 AM
I dont think people realize alot of things that have happend in our own countries. A lot of propoganda has flourished in this society and still is (obviously in a subtle tone) (ie Theaters refusing to air "Death of a President")
By no contention is there an issue with limiting one child, but keep an open mind. Attitudes, culture, experience, and environment is signficantly different then American. Dont you ever wonder why so many countries dislike America? Dont push them further by making true their view that we are egocentric...Posted by: Anonymous at March 20, 2008 1:10 PM
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