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China to reconsider 'one-child' policy?

November 02, 2012

A Chinese think-tank with close ties to the government has called for a change in the country’s brutal “one-child” policy.

"China has paid a huge political and social cost for the policy, as it has resulted in social conflict, high administrative costs and led indirectly to a long-term gender imbalance at birth," acknowledged the report from the China Development Research Foundation. Basing its analysis purely on political and economic factors rather than human-rights concerns, the group recommended adopting a “two-child” policy this year, and abolishing all statutory limits on family size by the year 2020.

The think-tank’s full report is not yet available to the public, but the recommendations were covered prominently by the state-backed Xinhua news agency.


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  • Posted by: rpp - Nov. 02, 2012 2:48 PM ET USA

    I saw an interview some weeks ago about this on EWTN. An observer who has been watching what China has been doing in this area, stated that China has periodically made noises like this in the past. However it has always turned out that it is just that, noise. Nothing ever happens. While I earnestly pray that this otherwise well-informed commentator is wrong, I am not optimistic.