China Bans Slogans That Promote Country's One-Child Policy

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China's One-Child Policy

China recently banned a number of "crude and insensitive slogans" thatpromote China's one-child-per-family policy, and the country's National Population and Family Planning Commission has issued 190 acceptable messages, the AP/Forbes reports (Olesen, AP/Forbes, 8/5).

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According to Xinhua News Agency,slogans on posters and walls that advocate forced abortions andthreaten harsh punishment have damaged the image of the one-childpolicy, AFP/Yahoo! News reports (AFP/Yahoo! News,8/5). China's one-child-per-family policy seeks to keep the country'spopulation, now 1.3 billion, at about 1.7 billion by 2050. Methods ofenforcing the policy, such as fines and work demotions, vary amongChinese provinces and cities (Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy Report, 7/25).

"Manyslogans promoting the family planning policy are poorly worded or fullof strong language that leave an impression of simply forcing people togive up having more babies, causing misunderstanding on the policy andeven tarnishing the image of the government," NPFPC said. It added, "Ifsuch low-quality slogans, which may cause complaint and resentment, arenot corrected and remain where they are, the country's family planningefforts in the new era will be hindered."

According to Reuters/Victoria Times Colonist,NPFPC has come up with 190 acceptable slogans, such as "The motherearth is too tired to sustain more children," that will replace othersthat the commission judged offensive (Reuters/Victoria Times Colonist, 8/5).
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