Skip to comments.Zhang Yimou Fined $1.2 Million for Breaking China's One Child Policy
Posted on 01/09/2014 6:52:34 PM PST by markomalley
China has fined director Zhang Yimou $1.2 million for violating the country's one-child policy.
In December, Zhang publicly admitted to fathering three children with his wife, actress Chen Ting.
The family planning bureau in Wuxi city of Jiangsu province sent Zhang a letter mandating the "social maintenance fee," according to a post on the office's Weibo account.
The fine for breaking China's one-child law, instituted in the 1970s to control China's booming population, is pegged according to the parents' income. According to the family planning office, the couple made $580,000 in 2000, 2003 and 2005, the years their children were born.
Zhang and Chen submitted a document last week, contesting the official estimate of the director's income.
Before Zhang's confession in December, local media reports speculated that he might have fathered as many as seven children. The stories caused uproar on Chinese social media, as many view his case as another example of the rich and well connected flouting the rule of law.
In November, Chinese authorities announced that they would be relaxing the one-child policy, allowing families to have two children if one parent is an only child. But the news comes too late for Zhang.
Obviously the great leader has fallen asleep at the wheel for not yet instituting this progressive thinking here in the U.S.A.
How long will it be before that executive order is forthcoming?
Poor guy. China should exempt him and end this treatment of its citizens. Be fruitful and multiply.
Pffffft. He’s getting off cheap.
It seems like one child policy will backfire eventually.
Then are they going to import Korean and Vietnamese (their borders) as immigrants ??
That would all lead to the same problems we have: low white birth rate, much higher black and Hispanic birth rate.
His “Raise the Red Lantern” is outstanding.
Only the women, since the Chinese apparently kill most of their own daughters.
We could use some of them here.
As if his neighbors, friends, relatives, co-workers and media didn’t know he had several children. It wasn’t until he publically admitted it that they decided he had to pay the fine.
He must not have paid off the right person.
Why don’t they just execute the extra child?