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

Report: China Considers Economic Incentives to Make Couples Have Children

Chinese state media noted on Wednesday that at least one province in the country is considering offering financial rewards to couples to incentivize them to have children, following an unsuccessful campaign to increase the country’s birth rate that began with a loosening of the previous one-child policy.

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China: One-Child Policy Saved Women from Becoming ‘Breeding Machines’

China’s Global Times editorialized on Wednesday about the dark side of lifting stern controls on family size in a bid to reverse demographic decline – namely, that women might become “breeding machines” as their families revert to Chinese tradition and pressure them to have a large number of children.

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Chinese Media Foreshadows End of Family Planning Policies

China’s state-run media was keenly interested in a Monday column from Bloomberg News report that Beijing is thinking about scrapping its 40-year-old family planning policy and allowing Chinese citizens to have as many children as they want.

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Trump Halts U.S. Funding of United Nations Population Fund

President Trump’s administration is ending U.S. funding of the United Nations Population Fund – an agency that human rights activists have linked to the support of population control programs such as China’s coercive abortion “one-child policy.”

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China Threatens to Bar Churchgoing Youth from University

In its latest attack on thriving Christian churches, China’s Communist party has issued an ultimatum to parents that if children do not stop attending church, they will be barred from attending college or entering the military.

This photo taken on April 29, 2016 shows Chinese students having a laugh as they attend a course taught by Xie Shu (not pictured), a teacher at Tianjin University in the northeastern Chinese city of Tianjin. Xie's Theory and Practice of Romantic Relations course at Tianjin University includes lectures on …

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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China Struggles with Pediatrician Shortage Following End of One-Child Policy

The end of China’s one-child policy, which resulted in forced abortions and sterilizations for millions, has triggered a new crisis: parents are struggling to schedule medical appointments for their children due to the severe lack of pediatricians to address the population surge.

ZHANGJIAKOU, CHINA - OCTOBER 01: (CHINA OUT) A nursing worker takes care of new-born babies at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Hebei North University on October 1, 2015 in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province of China. China has decided to abandon its 35-year-old one-child policy, allowing all couples to have two children, …

China’s Family Planning Police Screen Women Four Times a Year for Pregnancy

Despite its recent hyped-up move to a “two-child policy,” China’s notorious family planning police continue to regularly examine women to make sure they have not gotten pregnant illegally, and make use of forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations in case of unpermitted pregnancies.

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China Amps Up PR Campaign Extolling ‘Two-Child Policy’

The Communist Party-run Xinhua News Agency is bombarding readers with reasons why China’s two-child population policy is beneficial for the country and the world, while completely ignoring the core complaints of human rights activists who say that the policy changes little or nothing.

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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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CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla on China’s Brutal One-Child Policy: ‘It Worked’

CNBC anchor Carl Quintanilla, one of the moderators of this week’s GOP debate, offered some insight into China’s notorious one-child policy Thursday. Quintanilla published a graph of China’s declining birth rate in the 90s and wrote, “One thing about China’s one-child policy: it worked.”

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The Dangers of a World Without Women

A few years ago the New York Times ran a story about North Korean farmers selling their daughters for food to Chinese men. New stories are coming to light about Burmese women being sold on the Chinese market. The Chinese

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