Saturday, March 20, 2010

"One-Child Policy" and Others

A reader of my brief post on China's "one-child policy" alerted me to an informative report in Southern Weekend titled "30 Years of Birth Planning: to Change or not to Change?" which points out that the original policy was set for 30 years, and so 2010 becomes the designated year for change. This Chinese report summarizes the debate on whether to allow each and every couple a second child that is raging among Chinese policy researchers. I wish I had time to translate the arguments from both sides. For now, for those of you who don't read Chinese, MarketWatch has a report on the same subject titled "China's one-child policy little enforced -- and set to end" by V. Phani Kumar, published effectively on the same day as the Chinese report. At one point the article observes:
While China's one-child policy has drawn criticism, especially outside the country, its general acceptance by the Chinese population can come as a surprise. An often-quoted 2008 survey by the Washington, D.C.-based Pew Research Center showed that nearly 76% of China's population supports the policy.
 Are you surprised?

On an unrelated note, today ESWN republished a very interesting article titled "The twisted tale of a flawed dissident" from South China Morning Post. It gives you a glance into the personalities of some of the overseas "pro-democracy" activists. From a journalistic point of view, I found the report's writing quite balanced.


Anonymous said...

CCP: chinese crap party of china

CCP: chinese chicken party

CPC: cheese party of china.

look to japan, korea, taiwan hong kong singapore. these nations have low low low birth rates.

once people get rich, they hav less children.

poor poor poor people have the most children.

amy said...

btw, I read an interview of you in one of the asian newspapers. yes, I share your sentiments - there are things that I absolutely detest about China and Chinese culture; yet when Westerners unfairly criticize China, I got very offended. :)

Tom Fiddaman said...

It would be interesting to hear more about the arguments in the first article.

I took a quick look at the China data here:

Xujun Eberlein said...

Tom, your post is very interesting. Dealing with an aging population indeed is one of the arguments from those who advocate lifting the one-child policy. I'm not sure if they have looked at the age-structure in other countries as you have done. I certainly agree with you that population growth is a bad strategy for China.