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Where next for China?: Rose tinted spectacles do not help

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 31 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:500
  1. Vaughan P Smith, general practitioner (
  1. Taunton TA2 7SZ

    EDITOR—Potts overplays the benefits of China's one child policy and greatly underplays its drawbacks (late abortion, infanticide, and gross interference of an unelected government in the affairs of private citizens).1 At one point he said that a falling birth rate offers a demographic dividend, as the economically productive proportion of the population grows more rapidly than the general population. As a doctor and …

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