» 01/24/2007, 00.00
China’s one child policy won’t change despite causing skewed male/female ratio
Official data are in and point to the policy’s failure. Only one Chinese in three respects it, and the rich can always “buy” the right to have more children. Government will keep restrictions in place till 2010 but says it might drop them later.
Beijing between admissions and denials on its one-child policy
As the People’s Political Consultive Confererence gets ready to meet, contradictory statements over the one-child policy are heard. For experts it is proofs of internal party divisions.
Beijing "will not change family planning policy"
Zhang Weiqing, director of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, defended the "one-child policy", saying: "The problem is not the law; this has led to the prevention of 400 million births".
Growing unrest shows one-child policy in tatters
Broader sections of Chinese society are against the policy. Population controls are generating their own problems such as labour shortages, aging population, and a mounting welfare burden. Chinese Academy of Social Sciences scholars say changes are needed.
Catholics pray against violence and abortion
Party officials’ careers in jeopardy if they have more than one child
Communist Party officials in Henan have called for orthodox observance of government family planning policies. They warn that party officials who violate the ‘one-child’ policy will not be promoted. However, 30 years of forced population controls have had serious repercussions on Chinese society.
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