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Posted: 9/8/2004 9:05:45 AM EST
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Shanghai Scraps Rewards for Childless Couples

Tue Sep 7, 9:34 AM ET Add Oddly Enough - Reuters to My Yahoo!

BEIJING (Reuters) - After 11 years of negative population growth, China's eastern financial hub of Shanghai has canceled rewards for married couples who decide not to have children, Xinhua news agency said Tuesday.

Childless families, or "dinks" -- short for double income, no kids -- used to be given double the financial awards granted to couples that followed China's one-child policy, Xinhua said.

"If every couple is unwilling to reproduce, society will by no means develop in a healthy way," Dr Xia Yi, deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Population and Birth Control, was quoted as saying.

Last year, there were 57,000 new births in Shanghai, but 100,700 deaths, with natural population growth standing at minus 3.24 per thousand.

Married women in comfortable dink households may decide to wait to have children until after their ideal physiological age for childbirth, endangering the health of mothers and babies, Xinhua said.

With approximately 1.3 billion people, China is the world's most populous nation. It has stringent rules on family planning that allow couples usually to have just one child, at least in the cities, and limit numbers elsewhere.

Link Posted: 9/8/2004 9:09:59 AM EST
I think most cities have low population growth. Traditionally it is the rural areas that have the high birth rates.
I think low birth rates are a good thing.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 9:15:02 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/8/2004 9:15:45 AM EST by Lightning_P38]
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 9:15:26 AM EST
Im all for negative population growth, There to many MO FOs on the planet today. I wish we would tax the hell outa the breaders here in the states.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 9:17:34 AM EST
there probably more worried about having too many elderly and not enough kids to take care of them.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 9:19:42 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 9:20:37 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/8/2004 9:21:32 AM EST by einnor1040]
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Link Posted: 9/8/2004 9:22:04 AM EST

Originally Posted By plowboy:
Im all for negative population growth, There to many MO FOs on the planet today. I wish we would tax the hell outa the breaders here in the states.



I'm doing my part. No kids for me.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 9:43:58 AM EST

Originally Posted By Mak762:
there probably more worried about having too many elderly and not enough kids to take care of them.



Might as well be worried about something that is likely. The scenario is that we de-populate as of 2050. Not written in stone but most likely.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 10:06:24 AM EST

Originally Posted By einnor1040:

Originally Posted By plowboy:
Im all for negative population growth, There to many MO FOs on the planet today. I wish we would tax the hell outa the breaders here in the states.



I'm doing my part. No kids for me.



If you look anything like your avatar, then that's probably a good thing.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 12:46:24 PM EST
Awesome, maybe their stupidity ... wait .. strike that, EVIL SOCIALIST POLICIES will breed them out of existence.


I have no beef with Chinese people -- but I DO have a problem with their government.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 12:48:44 PM EST
Damn...we should send them all the kids from here!


Wolfar15?? Where are you????????????????/

Sgatr15
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 12:55:18 PM EST
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