As China evolves so to does its population policy. The one child policy is often seen as a symbol of China’s autocratic ruling. Its ability to impose the most stringent of restrictions on the most fundamental of human rights- reproduction, has only been seen in negative terms to outsiders.
At the heart of the policy is Malthusian population policy, the belief that an optimum population exists and that when that is exceeded negative strikes such as famine, pestilence or war will kick in. In economic terms it is hard to argue against the policy that has undoubtedly played a part in China’s astounding growth. Until the last financial year GDP was growing at a double digit rate and had been doing so for over a decade.
The links below aim to cast light on the one child policy as it stands today. It is your job to work in pairs to follow the link before posting a brief summary as a comment. You should also be prepared to present your findings to the class.
Source 1- The Telegraph online
Source 2- The Metro
Source 3- The Guardian
Source 4- BBC