This evening (morning of January 23 in Peking) there is a live program of a meeting of Chinese population control leaders. The news is not good because China says it plans to continue its 33-year old program to control births. Shanghai Daily announced "Enhanced efforts will be centered on spending more time and money on family planning and levying heavier penalties against those who violate state strictures."
Heather Cayless writes in Journal Chretien that
China is the only country in the world where it is illegal to have a brother or sister. For more then 27 years, China has brutally enforced its compulsory “one child policy.” This vicious means of population control is also a perpetual source of contention between China and its Western allies. During diplomatic meetings and trade talks, China minimizes or denies forced sterilizations and forced abortions. In 2005 a young blind activist [Chen Guangcheng] highlighted the gravity of the situation to the world, refusing to let China deny it any longer.China Daily now describes a new Chinese internet poll that found "More than 60 percent of Chinese netizens think it is unfair for rich and famous people to have more children than family planning policies allow..." The sidebar of the Chinese communist article, Related readings, is especially interesting. Methinks there may be an emerging debate behind the scenes on the wisdom of the one-child family. I can hope, can't I?
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