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

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China recently replaced more than 76% of "coarsely worded" slogans thatpromote China's one-child-per-family policy with 190 messages issued bythe country's National Population and Family Planning Commission, Xinhua/China Daily reports (Xinhua/China Daily, 10/12).

According to Xinhua News Agency,slogans on posters and walls that advocate forced abortions andthreaten harsh punishment have damaged the image of theone-child-per-family policy, which 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. NPFPC has come up with 190 acceptableslogans, such as "The mother earth is too tired to sustain morechildren," which will replace others that the commission judgedoffensive (Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy Report, 8/7).

Othernew slogans include statements with wording that focuses on expressionssuch as "healthy childbearing" and "reproductive health." According toa survey of residents in Beijing, Henan, Guangdong, Gansu and Sichuan,more than 25% of respondents said they had seen the new slogans morethan three times in the last month. Forty-three percent of therespondents said they believed the posters were a more favorable way ofacknowledging the one-child policy, the survey found. The survey wasconducted by Tsinghua University's Center for International Communications Studies, Xinhua/China Daily reports (Xinhua/China Daily, 10/12).

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