China's population

One-child policy has created problems

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 02 November, 2015, 4:12pm

The mainland's policy of one child per family was meant to control excessive population growth, but it has failed to do this. And it has created problems of its own.

First, the policy was not fully successful, as some families had more than one child anyway. Instead of obeying the law, they chose to pay fines or bribe the authorities. Some parents were willing to give up a girl so they could continue to try for a boy.

Because of the policy, many couples had to undergo operations after their first child that made them unable to have any other children, even when they wanted more. Criminals started stealing children from their families and selling them to couples who could afford to pay for them. But the families who lost their children could get no help from the authorities, because many of them are corrupt. The government should pass stricter laws against child kidnapping, which has been increasing on the mainland.

Li Lai-chun

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Lai-chun. While there are many social problems arising from the mainland's one-child policy, it would not be true to say it has not controlled population numbers. The sheer number of people on the mainland has always been a problem for the government. If the government did not want people to die from famine and disaster, disease or poverty, it had to stop the population from growing.

The one-child policy has successfully done this.

Corruption and crime, on the other hand, have little to do with the policy and more to do with moral strength. The central government can legislate all it wants, but until corruption at a more local level is solved, the central laws will be useless. The responsibility for these crimes has to fall on the people themselves. They must refuse to tolerate them - and then the situation will improve.

Susan, Editor