China


Human Trafficking to China

Marcus Roberts | 13 July 2014
Women lose out when there is a surfeit of men.

A limit to Chinese “supercities”

Marcus Roberts | 10 June 2014
The Chinese Government is trying to make it harder to move to large cities.

Millions of “Leftover Women” in China

Marcus Roberts | 13 May 2014
Is it any surprise that Chinese women suffer social inequality with the one-child policy in place?

China on track to be world’s largest Christian nation

Marcus Roberts | 29 April 2014
By 2030, it could have more faithful than Mexico, Brazil or the US.

Are we ready for the “grey tsunami”?

Marcus Roberts | 22 April 2014
The Lancet suggests that the UK, the USA and China are not ready.

After Crimea: is ethnicity the new World Order?

Marcus Roberts | 24 March 2014
Protecting fellow Russians? What about fellow Chinese?

A father’s love…

Marcus Roberts | 18 March 2014
A touching story about sacrifice by one man for his son.

The One Child Policy Revisited

Marcus Roberts | 09 February 2014
Is the one child policy simply the worst policy ever conceived in the history of the world?

One child changes: No effect?

Marcus Roberts | 19 December 2013
What demographic effect will changes to the one child policy have?

The social cost of no siblings

Shannon Roberts | 04 December 2013
Researchers are coming to realise the wide-ranging effects of a generation without siblings.

Can China and Japan reverse their birth decline?

Dermot Grenham | 27 November 2013
The social norm of small or no families has become deeply entrenched.

Asian fertility video

Marcus Roberts | 21 November 2013
An informative video showing the steep decline in the fertility rate in Asia.

China’s one-child policy to be relaxed

Marcus Roberts | 18 November 2013
The Chinese Government has slightly relaxed the notorious one-child policy.

Chinese urbanisation slowing down

Marcus Roberts | 23 October 2013
Those relying on increased urbanisation in China to fuel economic growth may have to think again.

Caring for your parents: a legal obligation in China

Marcus Roberts | 22 October 2013
An old woman in China sues her children for neglecting her.

China has a surplus of men AND ‘leftover women’!?

Marcus Roberts | 14 August 2013
There are hundreds of thousands of 'shengnu' in China: women who cannot find husbands.

Chinese “Bride Price”

Marcus Roberts | 12 June 2013
The traditional "bride price" in China is making it unaffordable for young people to get married.

A shortage of women workers in China pushes up wages

Michael Cook | 20 May 2013
Believe it or not, China is facing labour shortages. There is a shortage of women (I wonder why) and wages are rising. The Economist reports in this video.

Chinese Author Ma Jian and the One-Child Policy

Marcus Roberts | 17 May 2013
More first hand testimony from inside China about the one-child policy's effects.

One Child Policy Won’t Keep China Fed

Marcus Roberts | 19 April 2013
According to researchers at Stanford University, the one-child policy does not ensure Chinese food security.

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Welcome to Demography Is Destiny, MercatorNet’s blog about human dignity and population. We launched this after seeing two themes crop up constantly in the media: that humans are a cancer which is destroying our planet and that world population is spiralling up to unsustainable levels. 

Although many people dress up these concerns in global warming T-shirts, the underlying issue is the Population Bomb. Back in the 1960s the Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich proclaimed that Malthus was right: the world faced mass starvation because there was too little food and too many people. Well, Ehrlich was proved wrong over and over again, and over and over again the fear comes back, like a vampire sucking optimism and hope out of modern society. I hope that this blog helps to put a stake through the heart of this dangerous and indefensible idea.

Dangerous, because the unsupported notion that the world cannot support its population is being used to promote human rights abuses, including coercive population programs. And indefensible, because world population, is actually on track to a steep decline. You could call it catastrophic, except that we are trying to avoid fostering apocalyptic fears on MercatorNet. We prefer to leave that to climate-change scaremongers. But it will certainly bring about enormous problems. At the moment, world population is about 6.8 billion. By the year 2050, it will rise to 9 billion, according to a United Nations scenario for mid-range fertility rates. But this global statistic conceals the fact that populations in many developed countries will actually decline. The number of elderly will increase enormously. Russia’s population will decline by one-fifth by 2050, for instance.

Huge problems are looming because of this “demographic winter” – social, financial, human rights, geo-political, cultural, and religious. We hope to track these changes, puncture illusions, and foster hope with Demography Is Destiny. And there is plenty of room for hope. After all, in the oft-quoted words of economist Julian Simon, people are the “ultimate resource”. We may not be over-populated, but we do have plenty of intelligent, inventive, adaptive people.

Where did we get the name? The catchphrase “Demography is Destiny” has almost become a cliché. It seems that it was coined by the French philosopher and sociologist August Comte in the 19th Century. But it still rings true.


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