The drift towards abolition of the one-child policy in the People's Republic of China
Below are three links to the North American media items that point to the process.
CBC News, October 28, 2009: Rethinking China's one-child policy, by Anthony Germain, the CBC News correspondent in Beijing.
Associated Press, April 24, 2010: Long-hated one-child rule may be eased in China, by Alexa Olesen, Associated Press writer.
Townhall.com, Sunday, April 25, 2010: China's One-Child Policy On The Way Out? Posted by Jillian Bandes with a quotation from an interview with Susan Greenhalgh, an anthropology professor at the University of California, Irvine.
The reasons for the relaxation of this 30-year-old policy offered in the articles are “a massively aging population” and the gender imbalance whereby 120 boys are born for every 100 girls. Both phenomena are qualified as unintended negative consequences of the one-child policy.
Another possible cause is presented in A Better Organization, which was published in November, 2006. Here are two paragraphs from Chapter 5, at the bottom of page 21.
It is conceivable that the emphasis of Chinese government policy may change from restrictions on family size to encouraging emigration. With no evidence of such a policy change, it is relevant however to point to the following two facts. One is the existence of a Chinatown, usually growing, in each major metropolis in North America. The other is the gradual infiltration of the Chinese into the agricultural areas of Siberia, with 5 million of Chinese people counted there in the middle of 2001. It does not matter whether these trends are planned or spontaneous.
China's aspirations to become a world superpower may well be advanced by encouraging emigration. Indeed, should competition between the world powers develop into a confrontation, the presence of a large Chinese community in a competing country would have a significant influence on events.
It is interesting to note in this light the following observation made in the CBC item.
At the same time, China has effectively exported tens of thousands of infant girls through legal adoptions to Canada and other Western countries.
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