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China plans to change one-child policy

By Chris V. Thangham     Mar 2, 2008 in Politics
The Chinese government is considering changing its one-child policy that helped control its population growth. China has realized the policy has helped slow the population growth over the last three decades.
The “One-child” policy was started in the 1970s to stem the population growth and it seemed to have produced great results for China, according to Wu Jianmin spokesman for the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, an advisory body to China’s parliament.
Wu said without this policy there would have been 400 million more people. He said when they initiated this policy they just had one condition: “one child” born per family. But things have changed over time, so he said the policy has to be updated to meet the prevailing conditions.
China has a large aging population -- those aged 60 or older are expected to top 200 million by 2015 and 280 million by 2025, according to the government.
Wu said there will be some changes made in the policy and relevant departments are working on improvements. Wu did not give a timeline as to when changes would be imposed or who will be involved.
Under the current policy, China limits urban couplese just one child and rural couples can have two.
Critics say this policy is flawed and has led to a number of abortions, sterilizations and disabled abortions (when it is discovered there is disabilities present, the fetus is aborted). Parents preferring more males than female babies have also led to an increased number of abortions. As a result, there are more males than females in the country.
The projected population of China by 2010 is 1.347 billion. With the change in policy, it could escalate to unforeseen numbers.
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