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A policy that was enforced in China was the one child policy. The Chinese government decided in the 1970s to control population growth. In 1979, the Chinese government embarked on a program, at the time China was home to a quarter of the world's people, who were occupying just 7 percent of world's arable land. Two thirds of the population were under the age of 30 years, and the baby boomers of the 1950s and 1960s were entering their reproductive years. The government thought the country couldn't cope with the strain that the population growth was putting on society, so it introduced the one child policy to deal with it. ...read more.


Because of this, some families chose to get rid of the baby if it's a daughter. The number of baby girls being abandoned, aborted, or dumped on orphanage steps was unbelievable. Another problem lead from this is the imbalance in the sex ratio In 1995, there were 1,166 boys born for every girl. In 1994, there were 1,211; in 1993, there were 1,213. These numbers add up over time, leading to a population of many unmarried men The solution is working: the one child policy has brought the birth rate in China down. In 1970 the birth rate was 33.43 per thousand, and in 1990 the birth rate dropped to 21.06 per thousand people. ...read more.


It is impossible to overstate both how crucial the one-child policy is to China's stability and how firmly it is enforced. I agree that if the population, already at 1.2 billion, is allowed to grow, the result will be economic collapse, environmental ruin and famine. The policy is very severe but I think it is need for the country's economic prosperity. It has been successful but in a harsh way, I would think this is taking away human rights to have kids but the problems that it would have caused in the future I think this is a needed plan for china. If everybody continues giving birth to so many children, there will not be enough food/resources to meet the demands of the population. This will result in poverty causing pain and suffering. ...read more.

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