Copenhagen: a deal of sorts

Brian Lilley | 19 December 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: China, climate change, Copenhagen, United Nations
The push for a global, legally binding deal could not overcome national self-interest

Will the one-child policy wreck China’s economy?

Michael Cook | 14 December 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: aging, China, gender imbalance, workforce shortage
China’s rapid economic development and America’s evident vulnerabilty after the Global Financial Crisis could make the Chinese a bit smug. But as leading demographer Nicholas Eberstadt points out in a frightening article in the Far Eastern Economic Review, China faces gigantic economic problems as the legacy of its one-child policy.

Obama’s China kowtow

Constance Kong | 18 November 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: Barack Obama, China, human rights
Why didn't the President of the free world raise sensitive human rights issues in Beijing? Because he couldn't afford to.

‘People should be able to hold their government accountable’

Sheila Liaugminas | 16 November 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Barack Obama, China, free speech
Early media coverage of President Obama’s visit to China wondered how widely his remarks there would be allowed to be heard because of strict censorship by that government.

‘There is no worship of Obama’

Sheila Liaugminas | 16 November 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Barack Obama, China
Then he got to China. Here’s how the New York Times handicapped that visit.

Raining on their parade

Michael Cook | 01 October 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: China, one-child policy, population control
Who is responsible for China's infamous one-child policy? Surprisingly, it is not 60 years of Communist rule. 

China’s stolen babies

Carolyn Moynihan | 25 September 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: adoption, China, one-child policy, trafficking
Girl babies adopted by American and other overseas couples from orphanages in China in recent years may have been forcibly taken from their parents, not abandoned, as the adoptive parents were told. The Los Angeles Times reports at length on a scandal that can be laid at the door of China’s inhuman population control policy and corrupt local family planning officials.

Demise of religion exaggerated

David Vincent | 26 August 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: China, Christianity, culture wars, religion
Journalist David Vincent comments on a new book demonstrating the fallacy of the media's view that religion is in terminal decline.

The Economist’s survey of global ageing

Michael Cook | 02 July 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: ageing, China
If you want a short, sharp introduction to the topic of global ageing, the latest issue of The Economist is just the ticket. It covers the demography and economics of ageing (in the developed world) and concludes that "the consequences will be scary". Finally the message is beginning to sink in.

What’s the future for China’s excess males - 32 million and counting?

Carolyn Moynihan | 16 April 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: China
Even as it clings to its one-child policy, China’s one-party government is having to face seriously negative outcomes from at least three decades of enforced low fertility. Research results just published in the British Medical Journal by two Chinese academics and another from University College, London, sound a dire warning about sex ratio imbalances that will affect China’s social and economic life for decades to come.

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