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For four decades, the Chinese government has restricted family size. Peter Charlesworth/LightRocket via Getty Images

China’s ‘one-child policy’ left at least 1 million bereaved parents childless and alone in old age, with no one to take care of them

China limited families to one child from 1980 to 2015 to curb population growth. The policy paid off economically for the country, but it left couples whose only child died grieving and impoverished.
Graduation at Fudan University in Shanghai. Education is an important instrument in building China’s global status. Reuters/Aly Song

How China’s education strategy fits into its quest for global influence

In China, education is more than a means to deliver high skilled labour. The country has constructed its education policy to demonstrate its ambition to become a global power.
China’s one-child policy, however controversial, should be given some of the credit for positive outcomes such as rising levels of education. EPA/Diego Azubel

The costs and benefits of China’s one-child policy

The recent announcement that China’s one-child policy will be partially relaxed will be celebrated worldwide by libertarians, human rights activists and, most importantly, Chinese couples who have longed…
Trouble brewing for China? Eugene Hoshiko/AP

Timid reforms won’t save China from major growth crunch

China’s rapid economic growth, and the development of Shanghai, Chongqing, and Shenzen into modern metropolises, might easily give observers the sense of a successful country, full of confidence. Clearly…
Out and about: Xi Jinping deploying soft power on a trip to Ireland. PA

Third Plenum sets out tentative program for change in China

The Chinese leadership transition last year, with Hu Jintao handing over to Xi Jinping, finally laid to rest Deng Xiaoping’s long-running maxim that China should “keep a low profile and hide its brightness…

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