Nov 12, 2012

And then there were two: China moves to ease one child policy

As China's political elite meets to select its new leaders, momentum is growing for the one child policy to be eased. But Paul Pennay, a Beijing-based freelance reporter, says reform may have downsides.

Most Chinese people of a certain age can effortlessly reel off a ditty Communist Party officials devised to help sell the ambitious one child policy: “It’s good to only have one child; we advocate late marriage, late birth, good-quality birth, and good-quality child-nurturing.”

Now, a reform-minded think thank with close ties to the central government is hoping policymakers will persuade parents to sing a two-child tune. A loose alliance of academics and former officials has led the charge to gradually revoke the one child policy, which they claim has resulted in a rapidly aging population, a shrinking labour force and a skewed gender ratio.

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One thought on “And then there were two: China moves to ease one child policy

  1. Ari Sharp

    With a ratio of 118 males to every 100 females, it’s only a matter of time before those men denied a chance to settle down with a female partner vent their frustration at the government that caused the situation.

    Already there are increasing stories of smuggling “brides” into China to fill the gap, and that’s likely to be just the tip of the iceberg.

    Large numbers of underloved and undersexed males are a recipe for social unrest.

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