Monday, September 20, 2004
At this rate, extra children could boost China's GDP!
The one-child policy in China has many loopholes. Rural couples whose first child is a girl may try again for a boy. Minorities are allowed two children and affluent couples may pay "social alimony" for additional offspring. I had no idea it was this high.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how urban demographers are disparaging DINKs in China. The post has excerpts from a number of articles from Chinese media, voicing various analyses and opinions on childless couples. They speak volumes about what happens when a deeply traditional society hits rapid reform head-on.
As I read the following story, I wondered, as I do often when I read Chinese news, what else may be involved here. Selective enforcement is apparently one of those "Chinese characteristics." Did someone in this household run afoul of more than the one-child policy? My bet would be they had.
Couple Fined $94,000 for One-Child Rule Lapse
Mon Sep 20, 9:03 AM ET Reuters via Yahoo
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