China Eases One-Child Policy

And ends system of re-education through labor in historic change

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A family walks along a road at a park in Beijing on Dec. 28, 2013

China’s top legislature moved Saturday to ease its long-standing one-child policy and end the practice of re-education through labor, or laojiao.

Under the new law passed by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, families will be allowed to have a second child if both parents are only children, CNN reports, quoting Xinhua state news agency. The one-child policy was introduced in the 1970s to curb population growth and is estimated to have prevented some 400 million births.

The closure of China’s controversial labor camps will go into effect Saturday and people still serving sentences in such camps will be set free, Xinhua reports. The camps date from the 1950s and have long been criticized by human-rights advocates for their role in silencing dissidents and persecuting intellectuals and spiritual groups.

[CNN]

57 comments
chlyalien
chlyalien

虽然最开始有很大困难,出现了很多耸人听闻的事件,不过“只生一个”这种思想现在很普遍人心了。虽然允许生二胎,不过真正去做的人也并不多。

mchellap
mchellap

@Karl  The uncomfortable reality however is that the oceans, forests, hunting, logging problems would all be pretty much identical because the carbon footprint (and percapita consumption) of the developed world is that much larger. Glad to see the concern where it comes to other countries though.


PinarUyanikSonmez
PinarUyanikSonmez

what do they do when woman carry twins in her womb ! what a crazy law it was...


Jeff Lindstrom
Jeff Lindstrom

I can't imagine 400 million more people here. It's already so crowded.

Curtis Ramsaroop
Curtis Ramsaroop

we need to control population..with contraceptives..not abortions...better education for women etc...free education..

Caesar J. B. Squitti
Caesar J. B. Squitti

Logically, we have perhaps missed the window on sustained population or population growth... Even in Canada the population fertility rates are not sustaining themselves, and that is not a good thing...

John Low
John Low

We might need to pass a U.N. mandated law world wide one day to slow down population.Just when China is using more Co2 emissions than ever,fossil fuels,theyre gonna allow its population to grow?Frightening for the planet.

Daniel Lim
Daniel Lim

interracial marriage with Indian women ?

Nadia Sayenko
Nadia Sayenko

Um no, actually if you go by the rates of consumption per person it would be America.

Matthew Simpson
Matthew Simpson

Bullcrap. India and China should have a ONE baby law. It doesn't matter if some die, but it will affect everyone in the long run

Tanynia Coote
Tanynia Coote

This is what happens when man plays God. How many babies were murdered over this ungodly law. The girl babies got it the worst, now these guys don't have a big enough pool to choose a wife. Who could have seen this coming.

John Bailo
John Bailo

Yes, it is troubling. They need to stop femicide.

John Bailo
John Bailo

Yes, that nation lacks in self-control.

John Bailo
John Bailo

We need NPG -- negative population growth. Add Baby Taxes to insure that every child is fully paid for from birth to school before its born. People who go childless should be rewarded with tax breaks.

Del Herman
Del Herman

A necessary move for the communist nation. China simply cannot survive with such a policy in place.

Claire Pearman
Claire Pearman

So you can only have two children if you are an only child, then that means those two children can only have one each. So not very much has changed then.

Ireno Yarzagaray
Ireno Yarzagaray

Excellent population planning, India will be a nightmare in less than 20 years. India and all those S/E Asia overpopulated countries MUST implement same procedure. (maybe a 2 child policy should be feasible)

John Rowland
John Rowland

Yes because they now realise that twenty years from now, they'll have the same problem we in Europe have. More people in retirement, living longer,in need of medical assistance for longer. Yet fewer of the next generation working in order to look after them.

Tong Shan
Tong Shan

私の関係が いま ないけど、でも、よっかたね

Giorgio Carrero
Giorgio Carrero

China won't be a problem. The dangerous one is India.

Kimi Lynn Bartlett
Kimi Lynn Bartlett

Useless disgusting country no feelings or empathy for anything except greed

Larysa LaRue
Larysa LaRue

Ya its not going to stop them from aborting female fetuses...

Deysa Jean Torres
Deysa Jean Torres

I worry about the odd 57 million males without chance to marry.

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RB Lee
RB Lee

Earths heading towards trouble ......

JS Holman
JS Holman

What about all those Chinese girl orphans?

Duckworks
Duckworks

Rubbish. 21% of Canada's population growth comes from the 'native' birth rate. The only reason Canada has been running the mass immigration racket (since the Mulroney years) is to satisfy the warm body requirements of the real estate-financial lobby, of chartered banks, REITs and developers. More people means more housing demand. With the huge glut of housing in China (Google "China's ghost cities"), popping more babies means soaking up some of the condo oversupply.


Since 2003, China's agricultural output has been steadily declining, mostly thanks to the loss of arable land to development. China has had too many people for a long time. China's ecology cannot support such a large population, and is a net importer of food. Actually, Mao Zedong promoted a high birthrate, on the assumption that China would annex Siberia and Soviet Central Asia, the Mongolian Republic. But Deng Xiaoping wasn't the nutcase that Mao had been, and introduced the one-child policy to get a grip on runaway growth. And here in Canada, there is 1.34ha (about three acres) of arable land per person, most of which is in Southern Canada, near metro areas that are being built up. Overpopulation and food security are very real problems, even if business lobbies want to pretend otherwise.

duduong
duduong

Chinese CO2 emission remains 1/3 of the US level on a per-capita basis, so the average American still pollutes 3 times as much as the average Chinese.

This is only CO2. If we look at all green house gases, the US emits much more methane than China. Overall, an American pollutes FIVE times as much as a Chinese.

Karl
Karl

The USA? Or Canada and Latin America too?

JosephArmstrong
JosephArmstrong

do you really know what your talking about chinas population was massive if they did not in force some thing like this there would have been mass starvation man was not playing god the Chinese people just decide to murder babies this dose not mean all Chinese are murders, but it dose mean that there views are mostly sexist why else would they choose boy over girl.  

Karl
Karl

Miss Coote, apparently anything Man does to solve our problems is a mortal sin. I wont ask because I know the answer, Other species don't have a legal right to bring up their young just Cootes and Karls. That doesn't do it for me. You can murder your babies if you need to, I prefer birth control but that's probably spermicide isn't it. Your belief set doesn't give Humanity much wiggle room so I guess you're depending on inevitable Acts of God;  war, famine and pestilence to whittle down our numbers. That's more Godly to you. But I think preventing problems before they require God to clean up our stinking over-crowded mega-cities is more Godly. And Christ would agree with me.

duduong
duduong

The US has a murder rate 60 times that of China. Obviously you are unaware of this.

Karl
Karl

Duh? And simply too?

Karl
Karl

As opposed to 1.7 billion?

Karl
Karl

Progress is making the world and Humanity sustainable projects, GDP and growing in infrastructure to support imported labor to pay the taxes to support increasingly huge waves of retirees is as short-sighted as planning gets. Downsizing until we can be sure our grandchildren will be able to feed themselves is the answer.

Karl
Karl

Kimi has anyone taken you aside to discuss your public photo with you? Don't drink when putting on your make up. 

Karl
Karl

Mr. Ho puts it in a nutshell of reason. 

Karl
Karl

Pretend your a Panda or something furry or scaly like a river dolphin. Only women can bring the miracle of life into the world. And most would agree that China has had too many miracles for too many centuries. There isn't any room for anyone but people and their children. Eventually there wont be any room for them either.

Karl
Karl

I worry more about the 200 million children they would have fathered.

Cheese8101
Cheese8101

Some of those Chinese girl orphans are adopted into families in foreign countries and given a better life than what they would've had

Karl
Karl

They'll have the pick of the men from what I read above and be the mothers of the next generation and they will know there will be bacon and eggs for their children who wont have to spend their lives digging up a city's garbage dump like in much of the rest of the world.