China's "One-Child Policy" Backfires?
by NikitaRazzak on November 16, 2013 - 1:31pm
It is known that China has been very strict concerning the amount of children that a Chinese woman can produce. This law is also known as the “One-Child Policy” and recently, it has been “loosened”. In fact, it has been stated in the BBC article named “China reforms: One-child policy to be relaxed “ that in the future , couples wanting to have more than one child would be able to if one of them was an only child.
Recently, a 22,000 word document written after the Third Plenum meeting of the Communist party in Beijing, included several announcements and changes in China’s policies. In fact, the commnunist leadership discussed that China’s population was aging greatly and that this could severely affect it’s labour pool and health care for the elderly. In fact, it is estimated that a quarter of this country’s population would be over the age of 65 by 2050.
The one-child policy has been very strictly enforced throughout the country but there are some areas that possess more liberty. Indeed, in certain cities, both parents must be only children for them to have more than one child. As opposed to the countryside, where two children are permitted if the first one is a girl. If the couples did not follow the rules they would either lose their property, their jobs or they could be fined. Some other extreme cases involve women being forced to abort their child.
This policy has also created a huge gender imbalance in the Chinese society, to a point where “China will have 24 million « leftover men » who, because of China's gender imbalance, will not be able to find a wife.”
In my opinion, this ‘’One-Child policy’’ that was formed in the 1970’s, “to curb rapid population growth.”is too extreme because it is controlling the life choices of families. I believe that every person on this earth deserves to live the life that they want and they should not be told what to do at all times. How can someone force a woman to abort her own child?Therefore is it a good thing that the Chinese government has decided to “loosen” this policy because it is one step closer to the Chinese population’s liberty. I think that it is ironic that this policy was put in place because it was thought to be a solution, but instead it backfired because China now possesses an imbalance amongst the two genders, which will greatly affect this population’s future growth. It seems as if the government only cares when it affects the economy but in the end, the only ones who truly suffer from the consequences are the Chinese people, right?