Official Chinese think-tank suggests an end to China's one child policy


Even though there are an estimated 1.3 billion people in China, a Chinese foundation is urging the government to phase out its long standing policy limiting family size. And while there are still many, many people living in China some believe there soon won't be enough young people. Today, the case for brothers and sisters to care for elderly parents.

Official Chinese think-tank suggests an end to China's one child policy - Demographer, U of Carolina

We started this segment with a clip from Chen Mei, a young banker who lives in Beijing. While her parents are healthy now... she worries about them becoming dependent as they grow old. In China, children are traditionally expected to care for elderly parents. But that's become a greater burden thanks to the One Child Policy that all but ensures there are no brothers or sisters to help out.

And you don't have to be a care giver to worry about the problem the One Child Policy may be for China. A Chinese government think tank is urging the country's leaders to phase out the policy, and allow families to have 2 children by 2015.

Yong Cai is a demographer and assistant professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is currently a visiting scholar at Fudan University in Shanghai, and that's where we reached him.

Li Chen Chen is training to be a lawyer in Beijing. She remembers some of the loneliness of growing up alone and when she starts a family, she wants more than one child. We aired a clip.

Official Chinese think-tank suggests an end to China's one child policy - UN Population Fund

Last month, the United Nations Population Fund released a report about Aging in the 21st Century. It looks at how the world's countries prepare for greying populations.

Jose Miguel Guzman is the Chief of the U.N. Population Fund's Population and Development Branch. He co-authored the report. He was in New York City.

This segment was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath.

Mail: Saeed Jama Story

Before we go, there's time to hear some reaction to a story we brought you yesterday. Some of you had strong feelings about yesterday's story on Saeed Jama. He was being deported to Somalia. That's where his parents are from -- but he's never lived there. He grew up in Alberta and spent time in prison for drug trafficking. He never took out Canadian citizenship and deportation is part of his punishment.

Don Eaton of Dixon Point, New Brunswick writes:

I don't care what country they come from if they do not obey our laws they should be deported. When we bring people in to our country ..our laws must be obeyed ! It seems harsh but we have problems enough without importing new ones.

From Halifax, Joe O'Brien, says:

This person trafficked drugs which destroy the lives of young Canadians. He needs to be held accountable for this. He should be deported.

And we also heard from Mike LeBlanc of Moncton:

If someone has either been in Canada for ten years or is a young offender they should not be returned to a foreign land for a simple crime. Saeed Jama is a made-in-Canada issue. WE MUST DEAL WITH IT OURSELVES ! ... I would like to see a limit on how long anyone can remain a Canadian Resident to, let's say, 10 years. Yes, become a citizen or leave Canada!

We always welcome your comments. There are lots of ways to reach us - go to our website for all the details.

And, don't forget you can vote on the debate that aired earlier this morning. Be it resolved the world cannot tolerate an Iran with nuclear weapons capability. Charles Krauthammer argued for the resolution; Fareed Zakaria against it. We're curious to tally your votes.

Other segment from today's show:

What does Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's removal from office mean for Toronto and for democracy?

Can we live with a nuclear-armed Iran?

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