Friday, February 29, 2008

An end to the one child policy?

China is considering aborting its one child per family policy. It was introduced in the late 70s and it is estimated that 400m abortions have been performed as a result of it. Currently, in urban areas, parents who are themselves only children are allowed to have two children whilst in most rural areas, parents can have a second child if the first is a girl. It seems that the rules are also often flouted for Commmunist Party officials (some people are more equal than others). However, in all other cases, if a couple has more than one child, their benefits are withdrawn and the child is not allowed to go to school.

6 Comments:

Blogger Dave Cole said...

As I understand it, the CCP is concerned that there will be too many old people and not enough young people to look after them and pay their way. I do wonder if an increase in the number of young people at the same time would leave a generation of people severely financially stretched.

8:44 pm  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Strangely enough, I was just watching a documentary about that on BBC World. It seems incredible in a country that is embracing modern technology so fast, this kind of ruling can still exist.

9:17 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Hi Dave & WL - yes, Dave, you are right: they need more young people to pay for the benefits for the old. As you say, though, this will create pressure on food and resources going forward.

8:27 am  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

And I think it is daughters who look after elderly parents rather an sons. As I have two sons, however great they are now, I doubt they will want to nurse me when I am in my 80s.

7:10 pm  
Blogger Mrs McAvoy's Buzz said...

I will never understand how a country so forward in so many ways...

10:52 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ellee - you mean you are giving them a choice ?? Just make absolutely clear that they can leave you to rot if that is their choice, just so long as they are not expecting to pass on any dosh to them "!!!

10:53 pm  

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