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CCP Plays Matchmaker To Stave Off Demographic Crisis

On Tuesday, February 22, 2022, thousands of Chinese couples registered their marriages. The date is known as “Love Day,” as it contains many twos, connoting pairs, and the Mandarin pronunciation (“er”) is vaguely similar to the...

Translation: The Hundred Childless Days

Thirty years ago, Guan County, Shandong Province launched the “Hundred Childless Days” campaign under the aegis of national family planning, known in the West as the “one-child policy.” The birthplace of...

Police Turn Blind Eye To Baby Smuggling Trade

Zhang Suxia, an obstetrician in Shaanxi’s Fuping county, who for eight years allegedly sold her patient’s healthy babies on the booming black market, is at the heart of a recent baby-trafficking scandal, which has...

Chinese ‘Birth Tourists’ to Hong Kong Double

Despite a crackdown by Hong Kong authorities on the number of women from outside the territory who can give birth there each year, the numbers of mainland women traveling south to have their babies continues to rise. From the...

Cesarean Nation

For Slate, Mara Hvistendahl looks at the cultural, economic and social factors behind the rise in the number of cesarean sections in China, which now has the highest rate of the procedure in the world: …In the 1990s, as a...

Hong Kong: Mainland Invasion

AL Jazeera has produced a half-hour segment looking at the phenomenon of women from mainland China traveling to Hong Kong to give birth, in order to give their children the increased rights and benefits that come with a Hong...

China's Birth Defects Jump Sharply

“Environmental changes” in China contributed to a 70% rise in birth defects between 1996 and 2010, from 0.88% to 1.49%, according to China Radio International: Congenital heart disease, hyperdactylism, cleft lip with...

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