Tuesday, March 19, 2013

People's Republic of China Realizes that Population Planning is Taking its Toll

Three hundred thirty-six million.  336,000,000.  That number is more than the entire population of the United States.  That figure is the estimated number of babies aborted in the People's Republic of China (PRC) since the 1970s.  That equates to 13 million a year or 1,500 per hour.  Adding the number of abortions, and excluding children who would have likely been born from these Chinese, the People's Republic is missing about 20 percent of its population.

In the past the Communist Party of China would not of been concerned about its abortion-demographic imbalance.  However, the PRC is finally realizing its dangers and it is phasing out its Family Planning Commission which is in charge of the One Child Policy.  The country's workforce actually decreased last year and the problem is only going to get worse.  The government realizes that demographic decline can create severe problems for country with a welfare state, something that the PRC is trying to establish.  As the population ages there are fewer workers to pay into the system.

China, like the first world, is graying... and slowly dying. From  China - Europe - USA: Who will win the global race
Additionally, the targeting of girls for abortion creates an additional gender imbalance.  Without family social nets economic and social problems that would be handled on a family or community-level become problems of the government.

After 2025 the PRC's population is actually assessed to start shrinking.  Unless steps are taken to change that, that is the time period when China will begin to truly feel dying pains in its society and economy.

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