Affluent couples dodging one-child policy
Updated: 2006-03-07 09:59
China's top government advisor on population issues has called for strict
measures to stop rich people from having too many children and violating the
country's "one-child" policy.
Xinhua news agency quotes population expert Yang Kuifu as saying an increasing
number of business tycoons or rich celebrities have been having two or more
children in recent years.
A woman shows her
one-child certificate in Fuyang, Anhui Province in this November 14, 2005
photo. Some of nouveau riches choose to have their second or third
child by paying a handsome amount of fine, challenging the country's basic
policy on family planning. [newsphoto]
Mr Yang, who is the vice chairman of the Committee of Population, Resources
and Environment, says in addition to imposing fines, the government should adopt
tough measures against affluent couples, including giving them poor credit
The committee falls within the Chinese People's Political Consultative
Conference, China's top advisory body, which is meeting in Beijing this week
along with the National People's Congress, for the annual parliamentary session.
China's more than two-decades old policy restricts urban couples to only one
child, while allowing rural couples to have a second child if the first one is a
The government credits the policy for controlling growth in China's already
huge population of 1.3 billion and says it would have at least 400 million more
people today if it were not for the policy.