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China steps up

  1. 1. China steps up one child policyChina says population control must be a permanent policyChina is redoubling controversial efforts to control its population by limiting couples to onechild.The one-child policy was introduced to ensure that China, which hashistorically been prone to floods and famine, could feed all its people.Government officials said the policy was a great success, preventingat least 250 million births since 1980.An editorial in the Communist Party newspaper, The Peoples Daily,said: "We cannot just be content with the current success, we mustmake population control a permanent policy".Chinas population is expected to increase from 1.26 billion at the endof last year to 1.6 billion in 2050.Females killedThe one child policy stipulates each couple living in the cities should only have one child,unless one or both of the couple are from an ethnic minority or they are both onlychildren.In most rural areas, a couple may have a second child after a break of severalyears.Critics of the policy maintain it has led in some case to the killing of female infants becauseof the traditional preference for boys.The number of men is thought to outnumber women in China by more than 60 million.Last week it was reported that Chinese police had detained three officials who caused thedeath of a baby in central China while enforcing the birth control rules.But it is common to find couples in the countryside, where 80% of the population live, witha large number of children.Forced abortionsDespite forced abortions and severe financial penalties, many couples still get around thelaw by sending the pregnant woman to stay with relatives until the baby is born or claimingthe newborn baby was adopted or belongs to a friend or relative.Backed by the punitive sanctions, the one child policy has generally worked in the cities.The China Youth Daily said the one child had also allowed many children in the countrysideto get a better education.The price of school fees has risen rapidly in the countryside - representing around 27% ofthe total budget of an average family with just one child, and therefore acts as a strongdeterrent to having more children.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/941511.stmWe cannot just becontent with thecurrent success, wemust makepopulation control apermanent policyPeoples Daily

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