More than 30 years have gone by since the introduction of China's one-child policy in response to the Mao-era population boom. At The Guardian, author Ma Jian condemns the policy's corrosive social effects, and the coercive...
by Josh Rudolph | May 5, 2013
Following the UK release of his latest novel, The Dark Road, the Index on Censorship talks to exiled writer Ma Jian about his career, Beijing's longstanding ban on his work, the value of free expression, the legacy of Tiananmen,...
by Samuel Wade | Oct 12, 2012
A new report from Amnesty International (PDF) examines China's forced evictions, a major source of social unrest. Heavy debts incurred to finance stimulus projects encourage local governments to sell off land, which accounts for...
by Samuel Wade | May 22, 2012
At The Daily Beast, Melinda Liu described the beginning of Chen Guangcheng and his family's life in New York as they embraced the spring sunshine while avoiding, for now, the glare of the media. Feeling the warm sun on his face,...
by Samuel Wade | May 5, 2012
At The New York Times, Philip Pan describes Chen Guangcheng's story so far: My friendship with Mr. Chen began in the summer of 2005, when a New York University professor, Jerome A. Cohen, arranged for us to meet at a teahouse in...
by Samuel Wade | Jan 31, 2012
Chen Guangcheng won two nominations for Wired UK's 2012 'Smart List' of "50 people who will change the world", including one from Ai Weiwei: "Chen Guangcheng is an activist from Shandong who lost his sight as a child; but he is...
by Samuel Wade | Oct 25, 2011
The Guardian's Jonathan Watts surveys China's "One-Child Policy", including its changing justifications, tangled rules, immense costs and array of incentives and penalties. For family planners like Liu, … injustices and...
by Samuel Wade | Oct 21, 2011
While forced abortions and sterilisations are illegal in China, they persist as authorities struggle to keep local births within strict central government quotas. The Guardian's Tania Branigan reports on a recent case in which a...
by Sophie Beach | Sep 19, 2005
As a follow-up to Philip Pan’s article in the Washington Post today, and coverage of the arrest of activist Chen Guangcheng, see Xinhua’s Sept. 20 story: The national population and family planning agency on Monday said that an investigation has proven that reported population-control abuses by family planning officials in east Shandong Province are factual. […]
by Sophie Beach | Sep 19, 2005
From the Washington Post: China said Monday it has dismissed and detained officials in the eastern city of Linyi for abuses committed while enforcing the country’s one-child policy. But the government provided no details, and said nothing about the arrest of a blind activist who had campaigned against the use of forced abortion and sterilization […]
by Sophie Beach | Sep 17, 2005
From the Los Angeles Times: As international leaders gathered Thursday at the United Nations to address plans to eradicate global poverty, the Bush administration notified Congress that it will withhold the U.S. contribution ($34 million) to the U.N. Population Fund for the fourth consecutive year. This aid provides vital services for the world’s poorest women […]
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