I'm looking for any articles about: American and Chinese newspapers discussing the China one-child policy, how Americans look at China's one-child policy, or how the Chinese look at China's...

I'm looking for any articles about:

American and Chinese newspapers discussing the China one-child policy,

how Americans look at China's one-child policy, or

how the Chinese look at China's one-child policy.

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There are many articles on Chine's one-child policy. One interesting article comes from the Washington Post. It states that for some urban dwellers, one child is enough. City dwellers want to get ahead with their careers and things like childcare are hard to find. The articles states:

There are no preschools here for children under 3, while the market for nannies is unregulated and tales of neglect are rife. Kang’s parents had moved to Beijing for three years to help look after her daughter, but they now felt too old to help.

If we situate this article with what is going on in the major cities, it is not surprising. 

The Telegraph gives a very different picture with many statistics. Here are some shocking figures:

According to the Chinese Health ministry, doctors have performed 336 million abortions and 196 million sterilisations, since 1971 and inserted 403 million intrauterine devices. By contrast, in the United States, which has a population a quarter of the size of China’s, there have been 50 million abortions since 1973. Chinese officials believe the one child policy has reduced the population by 400 million but demographers, citing falling birth rates across Asia, believe it is closer to 100 million.

The implication is that the Chinese population is rapidly aging, which will have economic and social implications. 

Still another take on the one-child policy is the gender imbalance. There are many more men than women. This will have serious social problems. What are these men to do to find wives? Moreover, if these men are mostly of the minority groups in China, there will be security risks, as they will cause social unrest. 

According to China’s 2010 Census, men currently outnumber women by at least 34 million, an imbalance in large part due to China’s fertility policy (known as the one child policy) and a preference for sons. Despite government attempts to stop the use of sex-selective technologies to manipulate the sex of offspring, birth-sex ratios remain high (118-120 male babies for every 100 female babies born in 2010).

As you can see, there are many perspectives on the one-child law. 

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