Friday, November 10, 2006

Et tu, China?

Some Chinese couples now urged to have two children
BEIJING (AFP) - Some couples in China, notorious for its draconian one-child policy, are now being urged to have two children.

Couples in which both people are from single-child families are being targeted in the drive.
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"With both parents coming from one-child families, these couples will bear full responsibility for looking after their parents and children," said Duan Jianhua, deputy director of family planning in south China's Guangzhou city.

"As a result, many prefer even having no children to having two," Duan told the paper.

At present, Guangzhou has 100,000 childless married couples, accounting for 11.3 percent of the total number of married couples, according to the paper.
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"The policy of allowing two children in some cases is adopted by many places in China, but it's not a national one, it's not implemented in all places of China," he said.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The title made me laugh. Anyway. I think we're in a sad state when even China is pressing people to breed. If the governments of the world concentrated on more efficent ways to take care of things like retirement, we wouldn't need so many kids.