China One Child Policy

The Week In Review: Before You Start Admiring China...

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada
Marni Soupcoff

Anyone concerned with human rights would have to consider China's announced reforms good news (though I hope, for Justin Trudeau's sake, that they won't impede China's ability to go green fast and invest in solar). However, it's still wise to remember how far from a free country China remains. The government is still coercively dictating family size and reproductive choices -- and punishing those who don't comply. Reports of forced abortions and sterilization continue. And the government is amping up talk about the threats posed by social media, suggesting that further crackdowns and censorship of online speech could be in the works.

When the Population Explodes, Wildlife Suffers

Sangita Iyer | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada
Sangita Iyer

Population explosion is already having detrimental consequences on many environmental and social aspects, but for the purposes of this article, I'll focus on the loss of biodiversity, specifically the tragic loss of wildlife fueled by demand for their body parts in Asia, especially in China.

Biden, China and Our Shared Only-Child Dilemma

Tim Querengesser | Posted 10.31.2011 | Canada
Tim Querengesser

China's 4:2:1 problem is ours, too, just with a different name: A glut of people are growing old and there are fewer of us to pay for their care, while also having to save for our own retirement. At the personal level, there are more of us without siblings shouldering the costs of care for aging parents.