Essay about China 's One Child Policy

709 Words Jul 30th, 2015 3 Pages
China might be thinking about scrapping its controversial one child policy, as the country faces a demographic challenge. China’s population is aging and labour force is declining. Could the country create a baby boom?

China is facing a big demographic problem as the country now has the biggest and rapidly aging population while the working age population also continues to decline. The situation is made trickier by the fact that China’s economic growth is cooling off. In order to ease the situation the country’s officials are considering removing the controversial one child policy. Could China create a new baby boom?

The controversial law has been in place for over 30 years, but it might be about to end. In a China Business News article, a government official stated the one child policy might finally be scrapped as soon as the end of the year. This statement was further downplayed by other officials in state-run newspapers. The National Health and Family Planning Commission was reported to have told China Daily that there is no timetable on plans to discontinue the one child policy. At the same time, the commission has acknowledged the policy needs relaxation in order to combat the demographic challenge.

The laws effect on Chinese society

The law was introduced in China in 1980s in an effort to control population growth. The previous regimes had encouraged families to have children in order to boost the labour force, but by 1950s, the population growth of 1.9% was deemed…

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