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Is the one child policy in China right/smart?

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Started: 2/10/2018 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Recently, I learned that China has a one child policy to try and limit their growing population. I will be debating from the con side.


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Debate Round No. 1


Thanks, lionard_dubson for accepting the debate.
Although there have been some positive things about China's policy, there have been many more negative side effects of this. I'll cite where I found the information in the end.

1. The girls are often killed.
In China, girls are held as second class citizens compared to their brothers. Boys/men can offer more to society in China; there are more job opportunities for men make money more available so girls are often abandoned, left in orphanages or even killed/aborted. Since only one child can be made, most prefer to have a male child leaving the girls to die.
2. Spoiled Child
Only children tend to have the spotlight on them, being the only one the parents need to give attention to. The child is often over-catered to, ending up being lazy because as a child, they knew their parents would provide. Another large effect of the policy is the children becoming overweight as a result of being over-catered to.
3. Too much pressure
Being an only child causes one to have much pressure upon their shoulders; once their parents died, they would be the only one to carry their families legacy. Also, the parents expectations are high for the child because like most parents, they want their kids to be successful and happy with a reputable career. This causes for the child to be the only caretaker for their parents and grandparents because in Chinese culture, the child is expected to take care of both parents and grandparents which can lead to stress. Another reason is the suicide rates in China are awfully high because of the stress from all the pressure.
4. Boy>Girl
The majority of the population in China is boys, seeing that they are much more favored than girls. This favoring has caused a large imbalance of the genders making reproduction in later generations much harder.

Thanks for reading this and I await your argument.
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Posted by Arganger 3 years ago
pi3.14 Very true. I don't believe in population control at all, though I do believe that governments need to put a much higher focus on promoting adoption.
Posted by pi3.14 3 years ago
Still, you could argue the two child policy isn't enough. The replacement rate is about 2.1 kids. It can't be met if everybody can only have up to two kids. This could result in China's population reducing dramatically, and, as you said, the boys would still outnumber the girls. Also, you could mention that there are now way more elderly than working class people, so it is hard to support them.
Posted by lokure 3 years ago
thanks for the update, Arganger
Posted by Arganger 3 years ago
No, for the government itself it caused a worker's crisis. The work force they needed to both support their people, and rip people off was falling.

For the people it resulted in forced abortions, a lack of women, human trafficking, and babies being abandoned all over.
Posted by Leaning 3 years ago
But WAS it smart?
Posted by Arganger 3 years ago
Due to population losses becoming a problem, they expanded it to two children per family.
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