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Issue: "New faces of New Orleans," Aug. 15, 2009

Missing children

China's coercive population policies have created a population crisis that Shanghai is now scrambling to correct, but the same policies are still coercing the rest of the country into forced abortions and sterilizations.

China's population is graying-the Center for Strategic and International Studies has warned that by 2035, China will have two elderly people for every child-and family-planning officials are now worried about supporting this elderly population with a dwindling work force. In Shanghai, officials say they are now urging some couples to have two children.

But birth quotas and coercive policies still remain. Some urban couples have chosen not to have any children, and so Shanghai's fertility rate is lower than officials have planned. Allowing two children, said Steve Mosher, president of Population Research Institute, will merely fill birth quotas already in place: "The government knows quite well that for every couple that elects to have a second child, another will elect to have none. So it remains a de facto one-child policy."

In more rural populations, people often want more children because they have more room and more use for children. There, Mosher said, PRI investigations show that "the one-child policy is still being pursued with a vengeance."

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