» 01/02/2006, 00.00
One-child policy questioned as population ages rapidly
The situation will worsen as the number of retired workers grows and the pool of people paying into pension funds shrinks, says a report from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Authorities must adopt a two-child policy.
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.
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.
Males only and ageing: problems of the one-child policy
The government birth control policy has led families to prefer male sons. Selective abortions and other "selection" technology are widespread and according to predictions, the problem can only get worse in the future. Experts say a different social policy is called for, especially in rural areas.
Gender disparity increases: 121 males born for every 100 women
The one-child policy and a deep-rooted preference for sons have exacerbated gender disparity. In 2000, 117 males were born for every 100 women.
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