China one-child policy to stay in place
Date Published: 03/10/2008
Associated Press via Google News, March 10, 2008
The Chinese government, amidst fear of a population surge, announced that the country's one-child policy will remain in place for at least another decade. Major fluctuation in population growth could spark social and economic instability, says a representative of the State Population and Family Planning Commission. The one-child policy has prevented 400 million additional births since its launch during the 1970s, but it applies only to urban couples while rural couples are allowed up to two children if the first child is a girl. Many of the country’s ethnic minorities are exempt as well. Critics say that the policy has led to forced abortions and a great gender imbalance as boys outnumber girls.--posted by Catherine Gao
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