Beijing, March 14: China has a one-size-fits-all one-parent policy, with all the children born to a single woman, which makes it difficult for women to advance socially, have children and become successful.
It has resulted in a large gap between the rich and poor in China, with some experts speculating that the one child policy was responsible for this.
As the number of children has risen to a record high of 1.4 billion in 2016, the gap between rich and poverty in China has widened to a new high, with an alarming 25 per cent of Chinese citizens living below the poverty line.
But as the number and size of the one family grows, there are concerns that it will lead to social and political problems for the nation.
A new study by the Beijing-based Center for Population and Development Policy (CPDP) indicates that the current one-children policy is only a part of a larger social and economic shift that is happening in China.
The study, entitled “The One-Child Policy is a Key Issue for China”, was conducted by the Centre for Population Research and Policy (CPRP), which is part of the University of Hong Kong’s Population and Social Policy Institute (PSPI).
According to the researchers, China’s one-family policy is a crucial issue for China because it is responsible for a significant proportion of the country’s growth in economic output and population.
The authors state that China’s population growth is a result of rapid growth in the number, type and size, of families, and that the number one issue for this trend is a reduction in the family size.
The report says the number two issue is that the economic growth of China is primarily driven by the rise of the number-two family.
The researchers explain that as the economic and population growth of the two families grows, more children are needed to support this trend, resulting in a further erosion of the traditional one-income family.
According to CPDP, the one children policy has caused many problems for Chinese society, such as a large proportion of people living below poverty line, a widening income gap, a significant number of people who do not have a middle class status and a severe decline in the social mobility of Chinese society.
It argues that the increasing number of the children has been accompanied by a reduction of the middle class, with many Chinese citizens unable to move into the middle classes.
CPDP concludes that the only solution for the rising number of one-parents is a new social policy, which includes the one families policy, to ensure that the nation is able to support the families of the future.
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