The New Motives in China

by Celia Mekid on November 15, 2013 - 11:59pm

For decades now, certain policies of China defined their state as having a lot of power on the citizen’s lives. These policies include the one-child family restrictions and the “re-education through labor” camps. In the article ‘China to Ease Longtime Policy of 1-Child Limit’ published on November 15th, 2013 and written by Chris Buckly, new motives in China are being discussed. It talks about how the Communist Party states that The Chinese government plans on easing its one-child family restrictions, putting an end to those “re-education through labor” camps as well as positively bring changes to the economy.

These changes were put to discussion and announced by the party. They included the ambitious and thought of as potential propositions that were suggested in order to enable the remodeling of China’s economy. Such suggestions will be managed through the support for better private participation in finance, promising market competition in several important parts of the economy, and vowing better property protection and compensation for confiscated land when leading with farmers.

Easing on the one-child restrictions will bring immense modifications to the country of China. This restriction was originally introduced as a solution to the great fears that China’s population would consume way too many resources and suffocate growth. However, this policy has brought many negative reactions from the Chinese citizens as well as public anger and disapproval often concerning the many that were forced to get an abortion. These laws that take away the power of the citizens also have created a population of 1.34 billion that is growing old quite fast, even before China establishes a fixed hold in wealth. Many experts have for years recommended some reduction of the controls in China.

In my opinion, the law that did not permit citizens to have more than one child is considered as a negative attribute towards the civil rights of the Chinese population. It is refusing to let the women in China be in control of their own reproductive systems and the fact that some women are even forced to abort is horrifying to me. I do believe that it is a positive thing that this law is being put to ease as it could bring a movement to the Chinese Civil Rights, however, I still consider that it could negatively affect the country as it could progress in the overpopulation and lead to suffocation and lack of resources.

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I was excited to read your blog posting because Dr. Kaldor was just discussing the proposed change to the one-child policy in our class the other day. The post is well written and your paragraphs meshed together well. The only thing I felt that it lacked was that the "re-education through labor camps" weren't discussed. Before reading your post, I have never heard that term before. It would have been easier for me to read a little bit of background information about what the camps are instead of having to Google it. I think that like myself, a lot of people reading your blog post will know about the one-child policy but most likely won't know about the camps since they are not a frequent topic of discussion around the world. Regardless of that small lack of information, you accurately discussed the one-child policy and recent change without going into too much detail. You discussed the reasons why the policy was initially implemented, the outcome, and the reasons why the policy is being slightly tweaked. I also feel that the law is overpowering a woman's right to her reproductive system. I think that a lot of the reason this policy was enacted was for the reasons you mentioned in addition to the traditional Chinese culture and values. In our sociology class we discussed how traditionally Chinese parents that grow old are taken care of by their son's wife. Daughters are seen as being less desirable because they are responsible for taking care of the in-laws once they grow old. I am not sure how you feel this policy would work in Canada but I feel that if it were the United States, people would stand up and question why one sex is more desirable over the other. I think that American people would stand up against the government and fight against the "American one-child policy", which may be part of the reason why the "re-education through labor camps" were created. If Chinese families wanted to stand up and fight for their right to reproduce, they may have just been thrown into one of the camps. I believe there are several reasons why the one-child policy was implemented but as you had mentioned, it is still immoral. A woman should not be told how many children she can have, what sex the baby SHOULD be and that girls should be abandoned when born or aborted(which is an entirely different issue in China now that they banned revealing the gender of the child to the parents). It is a terrible thing to think about and makes me glad to be able to live in a country that does not have such outrageous restrictions on reproduction.

I located information about the re-education through labor camps at:

I really enjoyed reading through your summary I found it very interesting because I've been wondering for a long time about that one child rule in China. The fact that you have very specific details in your summary only makes it much easier for me, and probably for everyone else, to fully understand what's happening and what kind of policy it is. Now that I have a better understanding of this issue I can say that I find it important that other people are told what is actually happening. Great subject and great summary! (edited)

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