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China's 'More Children' Policy Has Failed

But some couples are still being fined

(Newser) - Facing a future demographic crisis and aging society, China's leaders are desperately seeking to persuade couples to have more children. In 1980 the notorious "one-child policy" came into effect, mandating often brutal punishments for violators ranging from forced abortions and sterilizations to fines and demotions. Fast-forward 35 years,...

Why a 61-Year-Old Woman Just Became China's 2nd Oldest Mom

China's one-child policy has left 1 million bereaved families without any children

(Newser) - China's one-child policy may have been abolished last October , but it's still having widespread repercussions in the country, where older and older women are risking pregnancy to have a second child, the Telegraph reports. According to China Daily , a 61-year-old woman named Zhang gave birth via C-section June...

China's One-Child Policy Is No More

Couples in China can now have 2 kids if they choose

(Newser) - For more than three decades, China has enforced a one-child policy meant to tamp down on population growth. Today marks a big change. Per the official Xinhua News Agency, China's Communist Party has replaced the one-child policy with a two-child policy, meaning any couple in China can have two...

Economist: Let Chinese Men Share Wives

His idea goes viral, gets pushback

(Newser) - Thanks to its one-child policy and a cultural preference for boys, males outnumber females in China by about 117 boys born for every 100 girls—and by 2020, the nation is predicted to have about 30 million bachelors (referred to as "guanggun," or "bare branches"). What...

China's Infamous One-Child Policy to Change

And a controversial detention policy will end

(Newser) - "Loosen," "ease" and "relax": Those are the verbs being used to describe what's happening to China's one-child policy. According to the official Xinhua news agency, as long as one parent in a couple is an only child, that couple will now be allowed to...

China City to Fine Unwed Moms
 China City to Fine Unwed Moms 

China City to Fine Unwed Moms

Wuhan plans to add 'social compensation fee'

(Newser) - It's no scarlet letter, but the central China city of Wuhan's plan to fine mothers who have a child out of wedlock has sparked charges of discrimination and could lead to an increase in abandoned babies. It would be the first time that out-of-wedlock children have been expressly...

China's One-Child Rule May Mean Timid Adults
China's One-Child Rule
May Mean Timid Adults
study says

China's One-Child Rule May Mean Timid Adults

Researchers find kids to be risk-averse, less trusting of others

(Newser) - They're called "little emperors"—the children born in China under a law that generally limits urban families to having just one child. So how does growing up as the sole focus of doting parents affect them? Researchers have new evidence that these children are less trusting, less...

China Govt. Think Tank: Zap 1-Kid Policy

Group urges end to all birth limitations by 2020

(Newser) - A Chinese government think tank is calling for an end to the unpopular one-child policy, a decades-old attempt to curb overpopulation in the nation, reports the AP . The China Development Research Foundation recommends a two-child policy for some regions now, with that plan going nationwide by 2015, followed by a...

802 Busted in Chinese Child Trafficking Rings

Chinese police rescue 181 children

(Newser) - Chinese police arrested 802 people on suspicion of child trafficking and rescued 181 children in a major operation spanning 15 provinces, the Chinese Ministry of Public Security said today. The recent operation broke up two trafficking rings and led to the arrests of the ring leaders. The national operation was...

Couple in China Harassed After Forced Abortion

Banner calls family 'traitors'; husband in hiding

(Newser) - The Chinese couple forced into a late-term abortion that prompted international anger over China's one-child policy have been facing relentless harassment for being "traitors"—abuse that has driven the husband into hiding, a family member tells the BBC . The 23-year-old wife, Feng Jianmei, is still in the...

Brutal Details of Forced China Abortion Emerge

As government apologizes to Feng Jianmei, suspends 3 officials

(Newser) - China has suspended a trio of officials linked to a forced late-term abortion case that has made waves internationally. The Ankang city government has apologized to Feng Jianmei, who tells NBC News her story: Seven people wrestled her out of her home and into the hospital, she says, where they...

China: We Did Force Woman to Get 7th-Month Abortion

Bloody photo evidence sparks outrage in country

(Newser) - It's the kind of story you fervently hope is an Internet hoax: a picture of a bloody fetus next to a woman in a hospital bed makes the rounds online, supposedly offering proof that China forced her to have an abortion in her seventh month of pregnancy. But as...

Dissident Talks Cloaked in Secrecy

Biggest challenge to US-China relations since Tiananmen: insiders

(Newser) - The silence speaks volumes. Days after blind dissident Chen Guangcheng fled house arrest and took shelter with US officials in Beijing, American diplomats and Chinese officials are still keeping quiet about what's going to happen next, as both sides scramble to figure out how to resolve the standoff, reports...

Biden: I Didn't Go to China to 'Explain a Damn Thing'

Point of Asia trip was not to soothe financial fears, he explains

(Newser) - Joe Biden's nine-day Asia trip ended on an, ahem, colorful note. After explaining on Monday that he "fully understands" China's much criticized one-child policy, he ended the tour today by giving what the Los Angeles Times calls a "pep talk" to US troops in Japan ... where...

Biden to China: 'I Fully Understand' 1-Child Policy

Critics: Policy pushes abortions, sterilizations

(Newser) - Joe Biden was mere hours away from wrapping up a gaffe-free four-day visit to China when he said he fully understood China's one-child policy. The vice president, discussing the US debt during a Q&A session at a university in Chengdu, said: "You have no safety net. Your...

Chinese Villagers Say Government Stole Babies

Rampant abuse from Chinese family planning officials revealed

(Newser) - Yuan Xinquan was holding his baby daughter at a bus stop when a handful of men leapt out of a government van, and demanded he present his marriage license or pay a $745 fine. When he could do neither, they confiscated the baby. “They are pirates,” he says....

China's Spoiled 'One-Child' Kids Have High Divorce Rate

They may be too selfish for marriage

(Newser) - Rising divorce rates are causing concern in China, reports Louisa Lim of NPR . The rate has doubled in the past decade—39% of couples now split in Beijing—and many blame the spoiled one-child generation that came of age during the nation's economic boom. They're apparently too self-absorbed to make...

With Home Prices Up, China Losing Its Desire for Sons

High property values make boys expensive, daughters attractive

(Newser) - As property prices climb, China's long-running preference for male children is eroding—and its reputation as a land of unwanted girls, aborted and given up for adoption in the face of the country's "one-child" policy, is being undone. A recent World Bank report shows that the gender imbalance toward...

China Faces a Future With Too Many Men

One-child policy and preference for sons skews gender ratio

(Newser) - China has made astounding advances in recent decades, but a destabilizing gender imbalance threatens the country's progress. The one-child policy combined with a marked preference for sons has led to skewed gender ratios: in some areas, up to 168 males for every 100 females. Authorities fear young men who are...

A Year After China Quake, a Baby Boom

(Newser) - The devastation is still raw from the earthquake that snuffed out thousands of young lives in rural China a year ago, reports the Los Angeles Times, but many grieving parents have found new hope in the form of another baby. More than 10% of new mothers in one Sichuan Province...

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