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Gordon Chang Gives Details of China’s Paltry One-Child Policy Changes

by Chris Gacek

November 19, 2013

Go to this article in Forbes by Gordon Chang who reports on China’s coming demographic cratering.  China’s fertility rate has declined from 5.9 under Deng to 1.4 presently with the advent of the brutal one-child policy.  As Chang explains, the recently announced population-control policy changes will allow a modest number more urban dwellers to have two children.  However, this minor adjustment is not going to be rolled out quickly.  Perhaps, the greatest resistance to population policy change lies in the fact that the family planning police represent the Communist Party’s strongest control over the populace.  Thus, the Party will be deeply reluctant to relax its grip on that nation even though population decline is rapidly approaching.  You can also listen to this excellent interview of Chang by John Batchelor.  Go to the player and start at 31:00.  

The Pitfalls of Population Decline

by Anna Higgins

September 9, 2013

The idea that a decline in population will result in prosperity for a nation dangerous. Such policies are detrimental to the economic interests of any nation. In China, the disastrous economic effects of the brutal one-child policy are causing government officials to contemplate changing the law to allow two children per family. 

As Susan Yoshihara of C-FAM notes in her article, “Two Child Policy in China: Too Little Too Late?”:

The change [in the law] is attributed to the receding influence of the old guard and some bureaucratic reform within the Chinese family planning establishment. The main driver, most agree, is Beijing’s recognition of a looming demographic crisis owing to precipitous fertility decline…[T]he new plan may lead to a baby boom, but would be too little too late to avert economic crises such as the country’s massive pension deficit. … Making matters worse,China’s relative decline in labor is steeper than even the bleak numbers suggest.”

Yoshihara also indicates that small families have become the “norm” in China. The normalization of small families in China coupled with an uncertain economic future means that would-be parents will not necessarily have more than one child, even if the law were changed. In fact, Yoshihara notes that “[i]n the selected cities where Chinese officials launched the new rules, couples have not responded by having more than one child.”

The massive ripple effects of the Chinese one-child policy should be a lesson to other nations. Discouraging child-bearing leads to a decline in the workforce, and eventually creates a workforce that is far too small to carry the financial burden of those who are no longer able to work.

The cornerstone of every society is the traditional family unit. The economic backlash taking place in China can be prevented simply by adhering to Biblical principles encouraging strong families. Children are a blessing to a people. In order to strengthen our society and our economy, we should remove obstacles in the path of married couples who wish to have children and instead do more to support and encourage those who are raising children.

Psalm 127:3-5:

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

For more information about religious liberty and the one-child policy in China, please read our blog post, “Sowing and Reaping: China’s “One-Child” Policy Fosters Human Trafficking,” and watch our lecture, “Freedom and Christianity in China.”  Also, Jonathan V. Last of The Weekly Standard spoke of the danger of declining birthrates at one of our recent lectures.  You can click here to watch his remarks.

Sowing and Reaping: China’s “One-Child” Policy Fosters Human Trafficking

by Rob Schwarzwalder

July 22, 2013

The U.S. State Department, experiencing a rare spasm of moral rectitude, has issued a new report downgrading China from being a Tier 2 sex trafficking nation to a Tier 3, the lowest possible rating (Trafficking in Persons Report 2013).

Human trafficking is one of the great evils of our time, but in China it is exacerbated by the government’s “one-child” policy. This coercive initiative has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of millions of unborn baby girls and nearly 40 million Chinese men of marrying age who cannot find wives. That the State Department admits this is striking, even as the report itself is disturbing: “The Chinese government’s birth limitation policy and a cultural preference for sons, create a skewed sex ratio of 118 boys to 100 girls in China, which served as a key source of demand for the trafficking of foreign women as brides for Chinese men and for forced prostitution.”

The report continues that the Communist government has not done nearly enough to stop the trafficking of women and girls throughout the country caused by the “one-child” program: “The government did not address the effects its birth limitation policy had in creating a gender imbalance and fueling trafficking, particularly through bride trafficking and forced marriage.”

A nation, like a person, reaps what it sows. China has created not only a demographic crisis of unprecedented proportions through its “one-child” policy, but in carrying this policy out has consigned millions of unborn babies to death through abortion and thereby left millions of men without the possibility of marriage. This has, in turn, fostered a demand for women and girls who can be sold and purchased like commodities.

Let’s pray that somehow, a “culture of life” - even if driven by sheer economic self-interest - will take root in China and that abortion in that ancient land becomes as unthinkable as it should be.

U.S. Is Helping Fund China’s “One-Child” Policy

by Rob Schwarzwalder

July 5, 2013

If you doubt it, read this post by Steven W. Mosher and Anne Roback Morse:

A few of the eye-popping, soul-discouraging, indignation-inspiring nuggets:

  • China is currently short more than 37,000,000 women as female infanticide, sex-selective abortion, and neglect have ripped through the female population.”
  • The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) spent $4,861,000 in China last year for “population dynamics programs,” “family planning,” and other population control programs. The United States gave $30,200,000 to the UNFPA last year.”
  • Over the past two decades, Population Research Institute has repeatedly sent teams of investigators into China. We have thoroughly investigated UNFPA ‘model family planning counties,’ and found that local UNFPA representatives are working hand-in-hand with the Chinese government. If anything, forced sterilizations and forced abortions were more prevalent in the UNFPA’s so-called ‘model counties’ than in the rest of China.”

The President of the United States has the authority, under legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Reagan, “to stop funding ‘any organization or program which, as determined by the President of the United States, supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization’.”

Let’s pray that God would work in Mr. Obama’s heart to exercise his authority on the side of life.

Ai WeiWei in D.C. and Chen Guangcheng Interview

by Chris Gacek

January 30, 2013

Earlier this week, I wrote about a recent FRC event discussing China’s forced population control policies. This weekend, CBS’s news program, “Sunday Morning” carried a feature on the world-famous Chinese dissident and artist Ai WeiWei. The story focused on an exhibit, running until February 24, at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.

In October 2012, the British magazine, the New Statesman, published an edition edited by Ai WeiWei containing numerous interviews. The Mandarin edition is available in PDF here. This edition contains an interview of the blind anti-one-child policy activist, Chen Guangcheng, by Ai WeiWei. An English translation of the Ai WeiWei-Chen Guangcheng conversation may be found here. Mr. Chen and his family fled China in May 2012 and now live in New York City.

It is a very powerful interview, here is one paragraph:

Ai Weiwei: You understand the issues surroun­ding the one-child policy and have participated in relevant work on this topic. Could you discuss your views on it?

Chen Guangcheng: Human life is of paramount importance to the traditional morals of Chinese culture. This concept has been trampled on by uncivilised policies and behaviour – including forced abortions – to the point of complete devastation. After decades of violent abortions, people have lost almost all respect and regard for life. It isn’t just ordinary parents who are affected by the one-child policy: friends, relatives and neighbours can also be implicated. And an inevitable result is an ageing society. But the most detrimental effect of the policy is the destruction of the value of life.

Later in the article there is this stunning, illuminating exchange:

Ai Weiwei: There is a huge industrial chain – every area has a family planning office and a control department. The system is a massive employer.

Chen Guangcheng: Yes. And it’s not just about employment: there are wider economic interests as well. There were 130,000 forced sterilisations and abortions. This has created an industry, the income from which is extremely high. Over 60 million people are affected by this policy – your neighbours, for example. If you have violated family planning and become pregnant and they cannot find you, your neighbours in a 50-metre radius will be arrested. In other words, they will use your house as the centre of a 50-metre circle, arresting at least five other households.

If you count the four directions from the house, at least 20 families will be affected. They will arrest one person from each family and lock them away to “study”. Every day, they have to pay 200 yuan as their tuition fee and they will be beaten once in the morning and once at night. Therefore, people do whatever they can to find the pregnant woman. Because the families are worried, they call on their relatives to bribe the officials to release the person arrested. They pay between 3,000 and 5,000 yuan. After they hand over the money, the officials think of a way to send the person home but they can still be rearrested after three to five days. And then they have to pay again to get the person rereleased. There won’t even be a receipt. That’s a tremendous amount of income. If you cut off the revenue stream of these family planning officials, of course they will be angry.

I have to admit that I have never heard this before. Well, let’s all enjoy our cheap Chinese imports,America.

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