Wednesday, January 19, 2011 | Categories:
It's Wednesday January 19th.
The White House is playing host to Chinese President Hu Jintao this evening, honouring him with a lavish state dinner.
Currently, as usual, China will have to pick up the tab.
This is The Current.
China's One Child Policy
We started this segment with a clip from Yang Zhizhu. He's a professor of law at China Youth University for Political Sciences. Or rather, he was. The university suspended him last year after it found out that he and his wife had a second child, in contravention of China's one-child policy. He was also fined the equivalent of about 35,000 dollars. And now Mr. Yang is suing the local family planning authorities in the hopes of changing the law. We asked freelance reporter Debbie Mason to hear his case and heard from her.
Yang Zhizhu isn't the only person who thinks it's time for Beijing to re-think the one-child policy. When the policy was first introduced, over-population was the over-riding anxiety. But now Chinese demographers say the country is heading for a baby bust. They warn the population is getting old before it gets rich. And Chinese officials are worried about what might happen when a generation of coddled children has to support a rapidly aging population.