Chinese would resist having larger families if one child policy was relaxed

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 03 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1212
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

    China’s highly controversial one child policy has become so ingrained in the Chinese psyche that relaxing it would have little effect on population growth, a conference in London has heard.

    The one child policy was introduced in 1979 to try to raise living standards by controlling family size and slowing population growth. It restricts couples to only one child, although a second child may be allowed after five years in rural areas, especially if the first was a girl. It has been accompanied by a “one child is best” propaganda campaign and severe fines on people who disobey.

    Initially the policy was very unpopular and was …

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