Xi Jinping Could End the One-Child Policy and Gendercide in 2012

 

The February 14th White House visit of China’s next leader—Vice President Xi Jinping—is fast approaching, and human rights groups are hoping that the One-Child Policy in China and other abuses will be addressed in his U.S. meetings.

 

“Xi Jinping is in a unique position this year as he takes control in China,” says Chai Ling, two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and former commander-in-chief of students in the 1989 Tiananmen Square Democracy Movement and author of A Heart for Freedom.  “This man could end the One-Child Policy the day he enters office—which would rescue millions of girls and alter China’s current path to economic and social chaos.”

 

Chai Ling is the founder of a humanitarian organization called All Girls Allowed, which exists to reveal the injustice of China’s One-Child Policy and to restore life, value and dignity to girls and mothers in China. 

 

For over 30 years, the One-Child Policy has given Chinese officials the freedom to arrest and sterilize women, abort late-term babies by force, and destroy homes or beat family members who do not comply.  No U.S. Administration has even discussed this subject directly with Chinese leaders.  During PresidentHu Jintao’s visit last winter, when asked about a forced abortion policy in China, he declared that the policy does not exist, despite government reports of 400 million “prevented” births as a result of the policy, and recent reports of ongoing forced abortions (click here to read about a woman killed during a forced abortion procedure).

 

 “We have two hopes for this new leader—that Xi will: (1) end the One-Child Policy and (2) end gendercide of girls, and we believe that both of these are extremely important and entirely possible,” says Ling.  “China’s government has spent some money on signs and billboards saying that girls are valuable, but spends billions of dollars a year employing over 400,000 family planning officials who abuse women pregnant with ‘out-of-plan’ children.  A government-sponsored stipend program for parents of infant girls could change China’s culture of gendercide in just a few years.  We urge Xi to consider acting on behalf of women and girls, leaving a legacy in honor of his own very successful and established daughter.”

 

Ling continues, “Most Americans cannot imagine a culture where girls are so deeply undervalued: The USA has seen presidents without sons for years: Presidents Barak Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton had only daughters.  Xi’s example has been a long time coming, and we are excited to see a Chinese president who believes that a daughter has value and is worth keeping, not aborting.”

“Under former presidents, the brutality through which the policy is enforced has remained the same, or even increased,” says Ling.  “We are praying to Jesus to intervene.  We pray that Xi Jinping may be the one to finally say enough’s enough.”

 

There is doubt as to whether or not things will improve for women and girls under Xi’s rule.  Xi did spend 17 years (1985-2002) in Fujian province as deputy provincial party secretary.  Fujian’s widespread practice of buying and selling child brides is the direct result of a severe gender imbalance which did not improve during Xi’s term.  According to a report by the Fujian Province Family Planning Commission, in the decade from 1990-1999, 990,000 "only children" were born in the province. 75% of them were boys. From 2000 to 2009, 1.27 million "only children" were born.  81% were boys.

 

The topics for Xi’s meetings with Obama have not yet been announced.







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