Aging Nation--Pressure to Change China's One Child Policy





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Published on Jan 4, 2013

Zhang Jiayi and Wu Wen is a typical Chinese couple. They were both raised as an only child. They marry and have their only child Qiqi.

This is the result of China's one child policy--thirty years of it. Now more than 200 million Chinese children have no brothers or sisters.

[Zhang Jiayi, Father of Qiqi]:
"For our generation in most cases both parents worked; during vacation you end up alone at home with the house key around your neck and lonely, no one to play with."

There's another problem. Fewer and fewer young workers to keep the country going. That's led to calls to ease the strict birth control policy.

For three decades, Chinese citizens are told things like:"We'd rather have a river of blood, than to let you have an extra birth!"

Or this one: "Exceed the birth Limit and the whole village will be sterilized."

State-run People's Daily reports there will be a change in official slogans.

Under current rules, Zhang and Wu can actually have a second child, because they were both the only child in their family. Parents in rural areas can also register to have two children.

But for the young couple, the consideration is a more pragmatic one.

[Zhang Jiayi, Father of Qiqi]:
"Children are a big burden. You need to consider your salary and you need to see what kind of child you already have. Are they well behaved or not."

Badly behaved or not... China needs more children but a policy change may come too late to reverse China's slide into old age.

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