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One-child policy gives birth to a business idea

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 02 November, 2015, 4:12pm


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It's their once-a-year chance to make a name for themselves, and some attending this week's session of the national legislature can't resist putting forward proposals - however unlikely - for improving the country.

A deputy to the National People's Congress with a business background has an idea for how to tackle the controversial one-child policy - why not trade the birth quota?

Couples allowed to bear two children could pass their right for a second child to rich, well-educated people or civil servants in return for insurance and a pension, said Li Xinghao, a deputy from Guangdong.

Rural families are allowed a second child.

His suggestion drew sarcastic comments from mainland internet users.

'Will Mr Li also propose that poor people who cannot afford to get married give their 'quota' to the rich, who can then have a second wife?' online user Nihaolaoge wrote on a Sina microblog.

'If poor people sell their organs to the rich, can we say that rich people are alleviating poverty?' another online user, Zhengdehong, asked.

Li used his own microblog to hit back, saying: 'The transfer of birth quotas has nothing to do with the rich-poor gap.'

He has another proposal too - that robbers and thieves be sent to remote areas to help with efforts to curb desertification. It would change their mindset and help them get back into society, he says.