China Changing One-child per Family Rule

 China Changing One-Child Per Family Rule


China has decided to go about changing their rule on restricting the majority of couples to only having only one child; a rule that has persisted for over 30 years.

The Chinese government decided to alter the ruling earlier this week. China will allow couples to have two children if one of the partners is an only child himself or herself.

The upcoming change, in which details were not given when it would be implemented, to China’s one-child rule indicates that there has been a major shift within the Chinese civilization. Specialists have maintained for over the better part of the past decade that the law was illogical, biased and applied unevenly. It punished poor people and ignored the wealthy. However, there is a profound absence of answers on how it can be changed.

This is due in part to the government being reluctant to implicitly admit such a long standing rule was definitely inappropriate. China’s leaders tribute the policy with causing the country’s birthrate to go down during a time when it was needed very much.

However, the strategy also often caused harsh dealings to occur such as abortion, forced sterilization, and hefty government observing of private affairs. It also has been blamed for there being a shortage of women in China due to the heavy influence of male gender preference and having the readiness of sex-selective abortion.

China has conducted experiments with loosening the one-child policy, which included giving an exemption to couples where each of the parents was already an only child. The recent announcement has shown the degree to which the Chinese government has been able to combine power recently.

Such a step is really just middle ground toward permitting all couples to be able to have two children and, hopefully, the state’s hand will eventually be removed from personal matters, stated a demographer who works at the Beijing Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. This change is definitely historical, it is something that is fundamental.

It is believed that the policy alteration could add between 1 to 2 million more births in China every single year. Those would be in addition to the approximate 15 million births which occur each year now.

The policy has made a generation of only children and altered China’s national makeup in the process. What is not clear is how Chinese families will respond to these new changes. It was discovered in several test zones that birth rates have become lower than was expected.

Even among individuals who do not know a lot about the country of China, they most likely have heard of the one-child policy. China’s family planning regulations still states that the majority of families who dwell in urban regions are only able to have one child at this time.

The one-child policy was commended by many because it slowed down China’s population growth. Others were critical, however, because they said it hurt China’s elderly, who usually had to depend on their children to have support in their old age. Numerous Chinese people say that when the policy officially was passed, they would be having a second child.

They stated they all were only children and did not want their own offspring to be raised as such. They were pleased China was changing the one-child rule.


By Kimberly Ruble

The Washington Post

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