China's One Child Policy

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Introduction It is the responsibility of any government to provide for its population. It is due to this reason that family planning is becoming a major controversial concept in many nations. One of the most controversial population control policies is the Chinese one child family policy which was implemented in 1979. The policy was forced by the view that the increasingly growing population could evidently compromise the economic development and sustainability of the Chinese nation (Liu, Onuaha, 2005). The law dictates that each family should legally have only one child. It should also be noted that the strain that the increasing young population posed to the existing structures could have been another reason for the implementation of the one child policy. It is however to be recognized that the law has been a cause of many controversies in the Chinese nation. Opponents of the policy have increasingly cited concerns of gender discriminations that have evidently resulted as a consequence of the law. It has been established that the female gender is a major victim of abortion and abandonment in the nation. The notion that the male gender is of higher economic importance to a nation is the waste crisis which has negated the purpose of the One-Child Policy in China (Weller, 2007). It is a contradiction of the respect that nations have for life that a nation can have in place a law that encourages discriminative child birth practices. Abortion and abandonment are moral issues which negates the underlying human rights. It should however be noted that population control should always be encouraged as it is only by this that a government can ensure an economically sustainable community. This paper is gives a critical analysis of th... ... middle of paper ... ... particularly for the girl child have been on the increase. Such practices are not only immoral but are in purpose a major threat to the future of the Chinese nation. Works Cited Chang, M. (2008). Tipping the Scale: Gender Imbalance. Harvard International Review, Vol.30, pp.245-261 Li, H. (2000). Economic Efficiency and Social Insurance Reforms in China. Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol.18, pp.254-270 Liu, C. & Onuaha, F. (2005). Mental Health Condition of the Only-Child: A Study of Urban and High School Students in Chain. Adolescence, Vol.40, pp.23-42 Miller, B (2007). Cultural Anthropology, (4th Ed.). New York: Prentice Hall. Swindall, H. (2007). Zhou Ji. Higher Education in Chain. China Review International, Vol.14(b), pp.85-97 Weller, R. (2007). Zhibin Xie: Religious Diversity and Public Religion in Chain. China Review International, Vol.14, pp.112-123

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