Skip to comments.China reforms: One-child policy to be relaxed (re-education/labor camps abolished)
Posted on 11/15/2013 9:39:26 AM PST by NormsRevenge
China is to relax its policy of restricting most couples to having only a single child, state media say.
In future, families will be allowed two children if one parent is an only child, the Xinhua news agency said.
The proposal follows this week's meeting of a key decision-making body of the governing Communist Party.
Other reforms include the abolition of "re-education through labour" camps and moves to boost the role of the private sector in the economy.
The BBC's Celia Hatton, in Beijing, says most of the changes have already been tested in parts of the country.
Officials announce their plans well in advance to gain the consensus they need, she adds.
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Celia Hatton BBC News, Beijing
Though the scale of the Chinese leadership’s new social and economic reforms are vast, affecting millions across China, none of these changes should come as a shock. Many of these changes have been discussed in the Chinese state media in the past, and many have been test-driven on a smaller scale in different parts of the country.
For example, in some Chinese cities for the past few years, couples who are both single children have been allowed the option of having a second child. The latest change will give couples the option of having two children if just one of the parents is an only child.
Similarly, Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to abolish the much-hated “re-education through labour” system when he first came to power. Quietly, officials have been winding down the system over the past few months.
The Communist government is not prone to making rash decisions. In order to gain the consensus it needs to carry out its plans at the local level, officials need to announce them well ahead of time. Surprises aren’t popular in China, it seems.
Obama could learn a thing or two from the Chinese..
like not surprising folks with reckless policy implementation..
and seeking to control the economy thru tyranny..
So they realize their new generation of predominantly young men is not working out? What took them so long?
Check this out!
Poor kid,, in a few years ,, he'll be getting run over by capitalists
and not tanks , if he's lucky.. ;-]
Russia is having a mini-babyboom, too.
I heard that homeland insecurity is buying up all of the used labor and re-education camps... on credit of course.
This says to me the Chinese intend to expand and colonize abroad such as in Africa. Also in a Chinese run Asian Co-prosperity sphere.
Who knows? They demand half of California to settle outstanding debt? Plenty of lebensraum over there
Maybe the reality of demographics has occurred to some in the Politburo
Took them long enough.
China's population is about to start imploding. Ethnic Chinese populations around the globe have a TFR of 1. That means on average, 2 people have 1 child. However, some people have two children and others have none, out of personal preference. In China, people who don't want children have none, whereas people who want 2 have 1. That means its TFR is about to start approaching 0.5, which is another way of say 4 people will start having 1 child, on average. At this rate, in the next few generations, China's population will go down 75% if the 2 child cap isn't lifted. Even if the cap were lifted, it will go down in half, based on the reproductive proclivities of urban ethnic Chinese.
The issue is modernization. In China, as in 19th century America, when the vast majority of the country was composed of tillers of the soil, farmers saw great advantage in having a large number of children - each child was an extra pair of hands in the fields. Today, children are an economic burden from the time they are born. This is why China, where less than half of the population is engaged in farming (down from 90+%), is seeing average family sizes nosedive.
After spending a couple decades encouraging urbanization/clustering of workers they realize they’ve created some real dense problems. They still have 800 million people on the farm and now realize they need to keep them there. The whole reform package, including the extra child, are oriented toward taking the pressure off the big towns.
Do you recall where you saw that number? 300m is what I've read. China's cities are somewhat densely populated, but nowhere near their US counterparts. Shanghai's population density is 1/3 of NYC's. Beijing's is 1/3 of DC's.
So disinterested third parties don’t know what’s best for you? Then why are we letting them run things here?
Or they’re looking at a demographic timebomb.
I just read an article that claims this report is not true. I hope I’m not breaking any posting rules by including the URL. If so, my apologies in advance.
no problem. I saw it too.. we’ll have to let the smog clear on this one. ;-}