For decades, China strictly controlled how many children a family could have. Communist leaders thought this would preserve scarce resources for the country’s growing economy. Now China must increase the country’s plunging birthrate—or face economic decline and social turmoil.
In 1979, China established a one-child-per-family policy. The ensuing low birthrate quickly became a negative: No children meant no workers.
When China began allowing a second child per family in 2016, the country’s birthrate ticked up—nearly eight percent the next year.
However, the increase was only temporary. After decades, single-child homes were the norm. Chinese culture simply did not view multiple children and larger families as worth sacrificing for. (See China’s Confusion over Births.)
Many Chinese still believe the lie told them for decades by their government: Without enough resources to go around, children are too costly for families to support.
Last year, China’s birthrate fell another two percent. Many couples cited the high cost of raising children and other economic and social barriers (including what their parents and neighbors might think) as reasons not to have more offspring.
The Chinese government’s attitude toward children has been directly opposed to God’s. Psalm 127:3 calls children “a heritage from the Lord” and “the fruit of the womb a reward.”
Today, fewer than five percent of China’s people worship Jesus. Chinese beliefs—or the lack of them—may affect choices about family size and career. Without faith in a God who delights to provide for those created in His image, humans often fear the worst. They seek comfort above all else.
Many in China have lost the concept of training up generations of descendants as a joy and privilege worth deep sacrifice. Instead, they see children as little more than an economic drain and added pressure.
China’s National Health Commission plans research to “further stimulate birth potential.” So far, the group isn’t mentioning specifics. Whatever it entails, the strategy will focus first on northeastern China. This former industrial heartland has seen a major population decline. Young people and families departed for better opportunities elsewhere. In 2019, the region’s total population dropped for the seventh straight year. Last year, registered new births fell more than 15 percent.
With about 1.4 billion people, China is currently the world’s largest population. But its citizens are aging. Experts predict that China’s workforce won’t be able to support the country’s elderly in retirement. The country’s economy will likely wither. The troubles are revealing: China desperately needs Jesus—and more children.
Oooooof. This is one of the
Oooooof. This is one of the reasons I hate communism and cannot stand ppl who think it's a good idea for America to go Commie.
It's depressing that they
It's depressing that they view children as basically a burden instead of a joy and blessing.
I can't imagine living in a
I can't imagine living in a one child home, I have three younger siblings.
I hate communisum
Well they walked right into that one!!!!!
I would so not want to be an only child!
Nora, you're right!
Population control is bad.
What a stupid idea to try and control it in the first pace. And the fact that the Government there can even control how many children couples can have is very bad.... very bad....
At least they are facing the
At least they are facing the consequences now.
Children are a blessing from God, and it is so sad to see how the government controls what a family is. If they want more people, just let the parents decide how many kids they want, and don't make them kill off all the girls!! I could not be a single kid, I have seven siblings! But then also, they need to pay the parents who work harder more money to support their family. Whith Communism, no matter how hard you work you all get paid the same, and that is wrong, very wrong.
I've read.about this. How
I've read.about this. How sad to be an only child
I can see this becoming very,
I can see this becoming very, very, very, bad,,,,
I'm glad there encouraging
I'm glad there encouraging people to have more children now. But there doing because of money, not because they want to give the people the freedom to choose.
this is mylee
this is sad. @Riley I have 7 siblings aswell. They are such a blessing from God ! This is sad how they want to control the population. you wouldnt have many friends or ppl to play with...
Why just one or two kids?
Why can't Chinese people have more than just one child?
I have six siblings and sure some times we don’t get along but we are always there for each other.if I was an only child I would feel really alone. That is so sad.
China: Hey, let's be
China: Hey, let's be communists! That'll be fun!
100 YEARS LATER.....
China: What happened? Why is everything falling apart? Guess we need more communism!!
America: (Contented Sigh) We sure are living the good life with our democratic-republic, aren't we?
*Looks at their plastic cup of lemonade*
Whoa, wait!! This says Made In China????
*Looks up China*
Wow!!! They make a huge amount of our stuff! Hmm.... (reads on) Wow. Extreme poverty. Low Birth rates. Commandeering government. People being welded into their apartments. General unrest.......
(Yells to friends) HEY, LET'S TRY COMMUNISM!! CHINA PRODUCES MOST OF OUR STUFF!!!
I'm sure their problems have nothing to do with their government. Let's blame it on climate change.
Isn't this ironic?
See what happens when you enforce a 1-child policy?? Watch this happen in Egypt next....
Ugh, too true.
This is London
That’s sad ☹️ Some of these People probably want more than than 1 or 2 but can’t bc of the government.
That is just too true. Democrats are trying to bring birth rates down in the US!
That’s they’re own fault
That’s they’re own fault
I would hate being an only
I would hate being an only child. I have 3 siblings
@ Alaina H
I also have 3 younger siblings, so there is no way I could survive with NO siblings. I have 1 brother and 2 sisters.
@ Addie L
nice story and so very true.
Well, it's not actually illegal to have more than two kids, you just have to pay a ton of money to. Some of our friends in the village (we used to live in China) had four kids. They were Christians and wanted kids. They saw the policy as wrong, so they had more kids anyway. No one ever made them pay for the last two, but they'll probably have a lot of trouble going to college or whatever because (I think) they weren't ever officially registered. (Reading back on this comment, I used the word "kids" a bunch. Sorry for the redundancy.)
This is JENNA @above
I think I knew that it wasn't illegal to have more than two kids but I didn't know that one could kinda get away easy with just a fine.