China Plans to Ease 1-Child Policy and End Labor Camps

Chris Buckley, New York Times, November 16, 2013

The Chinese government will ease its one-child family restrictions and abolish “re-education through labor” camps, significantly curtailing two policies that for decades have defined the state’s power to control citizens’ lives, the Communist Party said on Friday.

The changes were announced in a party decision that also laid out broad and potentially far-reaching proposals to restructure the economy by encouraging greater private participation in finance, vowing market competition in several important parts of the economy and promising farmers better property protection and compensation for confiscated land.

Senior party officials, led by President Xi Jinping, endorsed the 60 reform initiatives at a four-day Central Committee conference that ended Tuesday, but the decision was released Friday. Mr. Xi described the document as a bold call for economic renewal, social improvement and patriotic nation-building—all under the firm control of one-party rule.


For decades, most urban couples have been restricted to having one child. That has been changing fitfully, with rules on the books that couples can have two children if both parents are single children. But that policy will be now be further relaxed nationwide. Many rural couples already have two, or sometimes more, children.


If carried through, the relaxation would mark the first significant nationwide easing of family-size restrictions that have been in place since the 1970s, said Wang Feng, a demographer who teaches at both the University of California, Irvine, and Fudan University in Shanghai. He estimated the policy could lead to 1 to 2 million more births in China every year, on top of the approximately 15 million births a year now.

“This step is really, I think, the middle step toward allowing all couples to have two children, and eventually taking away the state’s hand,” said Professor Wang. “But this shift is historical, it’s fundamental. To change the mentality of the society of policy makers has taken people more than a decade.”

The one-child restrictions were introduced to deal with official fears that China’s population would devour too many resources and suffocate growth. But they have created public ire and international criticism over forced abortions, and have created a population of 1.34 billion, according to a 2010 census, that is aging relatively rapidly, even before China establishes a firm foothold in prosperity. Experts have for years urged some relaxation of the controls.


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  • dd121

    What an enlightened society. Pretty soon they may allow free speech like Obama.

  • Le Fox

    I don’t know. It depends on the government. They thought about abolishing the one-child policy several times, and it never passed. Even so, they need to do a lot to replenish their ranks. A ration of 4 elderly to every 2 parents to 1 child is not a good ratio. That, and China profits a lot from the overpopulation hysteria. It’s doubtful that they’d relax it for the entire country. Developed areas? Sure. But for the lesser areas they’ll tighten their grip, rest assured.

  • Magician

    As someone on here said just a while ago, it will be very wise to have “one son policy” and families may have as many daughters as they want, and it is very important to educate the general public in China to value girls as much as they do boys.

    • Spartacus

      That was me .

  • borogirl54

    Hopefully, by allowing rural families to have more children, it will stop female infanticide and abortions of female fetuses knowing that they can try again for a boy. Farm families survive by having more children so that they have enough people to work on the farm. Urban families, tend to have fewer children because it is difficult to raise large families in urban areas.

  • Spartacus

    I don’t mind, to be honest. Yellows are not my own, but they’re not animals either.

  • authorizedversion .

    maybe China has realized that having 40 million more males than females is not such a great idea.

    • borogirl54

      I wonder if we will see mail order groom services for Chinese men looking for wives overseas because they cannot find a Chinese woman to marry?

      • Emperor Naked

        They don’t order them by mail, they come here and go to our universities and “hook up” there.

      • MikeofAges

        Societies have had ways of dealing with single men. Even with equal gender ratios there always have been single men in organized society. What really is the difference between having no women available because they are somewhere else or because there is no economic means of forming households and having no women available because they do not exist whatsoever? To the eye and the mind, I would say, none. These doomsday scenarios of hordes of invaders scooping up wives are so much nonsense. On a higher plane, the idea that a surplus of men would create the political restlessness necessary to support a program of foreign military adventures is so much nonsense too. China might be willing to absorb and assimilate people who resemble their own type, i.e. other East Asians. I don’t think they want to mix their type with non-East Asian peoples. Not in mainland China.

      • authorizedversion .

        I’ve heard there are wives for rent in India which is in a similar situation as China. Prostitution as an occupation is bound to increase in China as well.

      • Blue-eyed Devil

        The Chinese immigrants in the 19th century were mostly men. I can’t remember the specific reason but for some reason or another they couldn’t bring their wives to America.

      • BulgAryan

        they are already “mail order bride” services in Vietnam catering to South Korea and China

  • bigone4u

    At Taki’s magazine website Gavin McInness’ essay on Chinese outrage over Jimmy Fallon’s “Kill all the chinese” flap prompted the posting of a bunch of Confucious jokes last night. Apropos this story, I submit for your consideration:

    Foolish man give wife grand piano, wise man give wife upright organ.

    Dumb man climb tree to get cherry, wise man spread limbs.

    Marriage is like game of poker. You start with pair and end with full house.

    With Confuscious jokes like these, China is going to have no trouble getting that birth rate up.

    • dd121

      irl, Jimmy Fallon is to the left of Lenin and Mao.

      • Emperor Naked

        I know, he murdered 40 million white people last week.

        • dd121

          Jimmy didn’t, but Mao and Stalin certainly did. Seems that’s what leftists do when they attain power.

  • HJ11

    They’re just thinking long term. When they call in the loans that they’ve made to our corrupt establisment in the U.S. and we can’t pay and we then gin up a phony war to get out of paying, there’ll be a war and the Chinese will lose a lot of people (so will we), and they know that they have to have a huge population to take over the U.S. Right now, they’re just doing in on a relatively small scale.

  • hastings88

    “The one-child restrictions were introduced to deal with official fears
    that China’s population would devour too many resources and suffocate

    So now they will just devour everyone else’s resources and migrant into the West, as they have been doing.

    • Emperor Naked

      China is a parasite that has long outgrown its host. The process has been in motion for some time now and they will have to begin to devour themselves, which is what will happen as more of them become U.S. citizens.

  • Emperor Naked

    This is really great, because the Chinese represent such a small percent of the earth’s population. It’s not as if they’re buying up land, homes and businesses in places like the U.S., Canada, and Europe, even while China itself bulges. The communists have figured out that in a capitalist system, you’ve got to keep an expanding population to provide consumers for more products which leads to more revenue and everyone can have a great party. Suck the wealth out of everywhere else and buy up the places at a bargain. How could this ever go wrong?

    Well, the “Birthers” must be happy.

  • blight14

    I suggest that they try the ‘no-child’ policy for 50 years or so…………….

    • HJ11

      I suggest we Whites try having 12 children per White couple for 50 years or so………

      • We could do that if we didn’t have to pay taxes to support groids and greasers.

        • Blue-eyed Devil

          Technically we could but I don’t think we Whites ever had that many children on average. There are exceptions of course, like that reality show (the Duggars?) where they have 19 kids or some such.

          • HJ11

            My very White mother had 11 very White siblings. My mother was the youngest of the lot (she was number 12). Had her parents stopped having children with just a few, I wouldn’t be here and my children wouldn’t be here. There would be no pro-White comments from me. There would be no pro-White activism from me. My particular DNA code would not exist and it would not now have been passed on to my many children.

      • We could do that if we didn’t have to pay taxes to subsidize black and brown fecundity.

        • HJ11

          We should just focus on having as many kids as possible and not worry about taxes, etc. In the long view of existence such things as “taxes” aren’t even a footnote.

  • Blue-eyed Devil

    I knew a man once who had traveled to both China and North Korea. I recall him telling me that he actually saw Chinese baby girls thrown in the garbage by their parents.

    • I never saw anything like that in China. I don’t like Chinese the way Mr. Engelman does, and I don’t hate them the way my wife does, but they never seemed to me the sort of people who would trash newborn babies.

      I have seen things I wish I could forget, but none of these were in China.

  • benvad

    Minorities (even muslim Turks) don’t have limits that apply to them. Only the Han Chinese (92% of the population) do.

  • The Russians would never have gotten very far into Europe. The complete disaster they experienced in Finland is why. The men are tough and really brave, but the officers who survived Stalin’s purges were mostly idiots.

  • HJ11

    Well, yes, but you can’t control them. You can only control yourself, so since you can’t do the former, concentrate on the latter.

  • Of course, but who was it who taught the Russians how to fight that well?

    Adversity is the best teacher.