China one-child policy ends, but do people feel rich enough to have larger families?
The slow decline of the “little emperors” may finally have been arrested.
Those born after China’s draconian one-child policy was introduced in 1979 are ageing, and there are not enough children being produced by the country’s 1.35 billion citizens. Now, after more than three decades of horrific accounts of mass forced abortions and sterilisations, China has abolished its one-child-per-family policy, allowing people to have two children.
The decision, explained Beijing, was to “improve the balanced development of population”. With the single-child policy in place for 25 years – a generation – a one-child family has become almost the unequivocal norm in China. The familial unit of working parents and house-bound grandparents helping raise a child appears too deeply embedded for many to break out of. With living costs rising, and the economy, in relative terms, less buoyant, having a second child is a huge economic burden.
The government hopes that despite this, there will be enough willing couples to turn the ageing tide. In Beijing, however, opinion was mixed about the effect the policy would have. Chen Ping, 31, has a three-year-old son and works as a teacher. “I’m not very surprised because it has been discussed for a very long time and we all know they should abandon the one-child policy,” she said. “What the government needs to do is encourage young couples to give birth to more children.”
Ms Chen said she would not have another child for the foreseeable future. “I don’t think so, because in Beijing we face such high pressure and children’s education costs such a big sum of money, I don’t think it’s affordable to have more babies,” she said.
A lot of families, specially in the large cities in China will not prefer to go in for a second child given the high living and education costs.
Most of the china population has been controlled. India should also follow that policy.
bad economy may not be good for enlarging families
when we have millions of mini kuchelars in our country and do not worry about family planning, why should Chinese fear the second child!
And India will produce 200 crores in the next 40-50 years. Just to give an idea for those who are having trouble walking on streets, driving or getting admissions for their kids in KG
Majority of Chinese have migrated to other Countries. They foresee more demand for Chinese labour outside China once they master the language English. They are doing all the foundation work & Indians should prepare to come back to India to host Beef Festivals & make Safron dress
CHINA will not be able to raise the number of babies as educated couples will not be convinced to have extra kid. Who wants to lose freedom and privileges to have an extra luggage – second kid. Only will be carried away by the Chinese government propaganda. It is not worth to have unwanted baby
Let them decide.