Tuesday, August 6, 2013

China will change one-child policy; comparison with Russia shows irony

China is seriously considering making many incremental changes to its one-child per family policy, which used to its mechanism for population control.
    
Some of the ideas include allowing a second child when one parent is an only child, which often is allowed in rural areas already.  Atlantic wire has a story here. China may allow all couples to have two children by 2015.
   
It sees ironic to ponder China’s birth control policy in light of the concerns of many countries, such as Singapore, South Korea and Russia, as well as many European countries, about low birth rates among non-immigrant populations, which means an aging population (hard to support) and various political consequences.  In Russia, the low birth rate issue (and Putin’s “conception days”) seems to drive the recent law against “pro gay” speech out of fear it would encourage young men not to want to have children.
It stills seems interesting to us how authoritarian governments see morality in terms of molding individuals into serving common interests rather than just their own.  


Update:  Aug. 9

William Wan in the Washington Post reports on parents who lose their only children to accidents and are left without lineage, here. This seems to be a source of personal shame in rural China.

Furthermore, the Post is reporting that China's breastfeeding rate is among the lowest in the developed world.

Also, on "Millionaire" on ABC today, there was a question about what "National Day" in Singapore is about -- procreation!

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