One Child Policy

China Freezes Couple’s Bank Account as Punishment for Illegal Third Child

China’s authoritarian government has been sending mixed signals about population control to the populace. On one hand, the government admits it faces a demographic crisis that can only be solved by increased fertility rates and large families, sending signals to the public that having two or three children is now their patriotic duty. On the other hand, a couple from the eastern province of Shandong is suffering steep fines and persecution for the crime of birthing a third child.

China seems to be preparing to scrap its curbs on family size

China Anticipates Population Decline by 2030

China’s effort to perform a U-turn on its notorious population control policies and stave off demographic collapse continued this week with a new report warning of negative population growth by 2030 unless Chinese couples begin having the children they would have been arrested for conceiving just a few years ago.

China's battle with smog began on Tuesday in cities in the North, including Beijing. File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

Hayward: China Reverses Population Control Stance, Urges Citizens to Be Fruitful and Multiply

China’s shifting position on population control was signaled this week by a new postage stamp showing a happy family of pigs with three piglets – a strong signal to a populace long forced to have only one child per family and then grudgingly permitted to have two. The message was then transmitted even more clearly by a full-page article in a state-run newspaper mourning “the impact of low birth rates on the economy” and urging citizens to do something about it.

China welcomed 17.86 million new children in 2016, an annual increase of 7.9 percent, with new births mostly in the first half of the year

Bloomberg: The Lonely Aftermath of China’s One Child Policy

In her chic Beijing studio, 26-year-old Summer Liu relaxes on a sofa, admiring the pink vase she keeps full of fresh flowers. In the eastern city of Jining, Hu Jiying, 81, sits on an old bed that’s scattered with clothes, towels and half a bag of snacks, worrying about the cost of her medicine.

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Ted Cruz Slams China’s Population Control Policy

On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) blasted China’s human rights record and asked for unanimous consent to rename the plaza in front of the Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C. as “Liu Xiaobo Plaza,” after the Nobel Peace Prize winner imprisoned on charges of inciting state subversion.

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