Aw, Communist China has decided to allow its citizens to have three children! Isn’t that so sweet?
Gee, did anyone see China’s one-child and two-children policies ever working out? Now the communist country is scrambling after the policy change to two children in 2015 did not help as fast as they hoped:
The number of births in China stood at 12 million in 2020, an 18% drop from a year earlier and the fourth straight year of declining births, following an increase in 2016. The data, released in this month’s government census, was seen as a major factor in pushing Beijing to further relax its birth restrictions.
The census also showed a sharp rise in the percentage of Chinese aged 60 and above, to 18.7% of the population as of the end of 2020, up from 13.3% in 2010. The portion of Chinese citizens aged between 15 and 59, representing the size of its working population, stood at 63.35% in 2020, down from 70.1% in 2010.
The Politburo also said the government would gradually raise the national retirement age, without elaborating.
China had a one-child policy in some areas since 1978, but the government did not enforce it until 1980. The government forced women to use birth control or have abortions. If they did not follow through then officials would impose massive fines.
Families preferred to have sons. The government outlawed sex-selective abortions and did not allow parents to find out the baby’s sex before birth. What do you think happened then?!
Then we have the cases of “birth tourism.” Chinese women would give birth to their second child in another country so the child can obtain citizenship in that country. The feds charged three people in Southern California in 2019 for this practice:
All were charged “conspiracy to commit immigration fraud, international money laundering and identity theft,” according to the DOJ statement.
The charges stem from a 2015 raid of dozens of so-called “maternity hotels,” often upscale apartments, where mothers-to-be paid between $15,000 to $50,000 to give birth in the US, according to a statement given at the time by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
In total, the DOJ unsealed indictments that charged 19 people. Dongyuan Li, 41, who was one of the three arrested, is alleged by the DOJ to have received $3 million in international wire transfers from China in just two years, serving more than 500 Chinese birth tourism customers.
The indictment details communications Li allegedly had over whether to refund a down payment because a customer found out that her baby was a girl and “her husband had arranged an abortion for her.”
The other two defendants arrested, Michael Wei Yueh Liu, 53, and Jing Dong, 42, are accused of operating a company called USA Happy Baby Inc., that charged ‘VIP’ customers up to $100,000. The indictment also alleges that Liu and Dong used 14 different bank accounts to receive more than $3.4 million in international wire transfers from China during 2013 and 2014.
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