My line on China, the soi-disant colossus of the 21st century, is that it’s been dramatically oversold. China will get old before it gets rich, in part because of its foolish “one-child” policy. You’d think they’d have figured that out, but apparently not:
According to a report last month on National Public Radio (NPR) in the United States, dozens of women in Guangxi have been forced to have abortions as late as nine months into their pregnancies. The report, which ran on NPR’s Morning Edition, described the harrowing ordeal of Liang Yage and his wife, Wei Linrong. The couple already had one child but wanted a second. But, according to Wei, in the seventh month of her pregnancy, family-planning officials forced her to abort her child in a Baise city maternity hospital. The Christian couple do not believe in abortion.
An unmarried 19-year-old woman, He Caigan, told NPR that her forced abortion occurred just days before her scheduled delivery. The report also cited an anonymous witness who counted 41 occupied beds on one floor of the same Baise city hospital and said he believed all the women on that floor were there against their will.
China’s antipathy to the pitter-patter of tiny feet has led to industrial-scale abortion of girls and the biggest gender imbalance of any generation in human history. As a general rule, millions of surplus young men who can’t get any action is not a recipe for social stability.