Saturday, November 14, 2015

The End of ‘One China’

WSJ by Andrew Browne Nov. 13, 2015 12:01 p.m. ET 
The End of ‘One China’

China has scrapped its one-child policy, allowing all couples to have two children for the first time since draconian family planning rules were introduced more than three decades ago. The announcement followed a four-day Communist party summit in Beijing where China’s top leaders debated financial reforms and how to maintain growth at a time of heightened concerns about the economy.

China will “fully implement a policy of allowing each couple to have two children as an active response to an ageing population”, the party said in a statement published by Xinhua, the official news agency. “The change of policy is intended to balance population development and address the challenge of an ageing population.”

Some people celebrated the move as a positive step towards greater personal freedom in China. But human rights activists and critics said the loosening – which means the Communist party continues to control the size of Chinese families.  

After this historic surprise meeting with the leader of Taiwan, Xi Jinping could go down in history for recognizing the island democracy.


  1. This is a great improvement to personal rights. One child policy was unfair. Still I don't think limiting the family's members is fair.
    Chinese government is doing this in order to stop the aging of its populations. There is not a moral or right debate behind this. We must not be confused.
    Thanks for bringing up this topic Alan!

  2. Good article. I am glad they are loosening this policy. Hopefully it will be completely abolished. They are hindering the growth of their population.