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China Vows To Continue One Child Policy- China’s Old and Young

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 3, 2011

China has the one child policy but I have met many who do not understand it, even Chinese. I was doing a business class and had a chinese woman argue that the policy does not exist. It does exist, but with exceptions. For instance minorities can typically have more than one child as well as people who have no brother nor sister. In addtiion, some places allow a mulligan or second child if the first is a girl.
From here:
April 29,2011
The census, conducted last year, also shows that people over the age of 60 now account for 13.3% of China’s population, compared to 10.3% in 2000. And the reserve of future workers has dwindled: People under 14 now make up 16.6% of the population, down from 23% 10 years ago.

Yet China’s leaders vowed again this week to maintain the one-child family-planning policy. This despite the census results and a decade-long campaign by an informal advocacy group of top Chinese academics and former officials who have risked their careers to argue the policy is based on flawed science and vested bureaucratic interests. China’s policy is enforced by the National Population and Family Planning Commission, which employs a half-million full-time staffers and six million part-timers. It collects millions of dollars a year in fines from people who violate family-planning rules.

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