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China’s One-Child Policy Controls the Population Through Terror

The one-child policy in China is one of the more sinister examples of the Chinese Communist Party’s totalitarian rule.

Totalitarianism is a word that sometimes gets thrown around a bit to help describe the nature of a despotic regime. If you’re unsure of its definition, then here it is via Encyclopaedia Britannica:

“Totalitarianism is a form of government that permits no individual freedom and that seeks to subordinate all aspects of the individual’s life to the authority of the government.”

Introduced in 1980, the Chinese Communist Party said the one-child policy aimed at lessening the large population’s burden on the economy.

Official propaganda on a wall in Shaxi, a small village in southern China. The translation is “Make China rich and powerful, Make the ethnic groups* prosporous and thriving, Make the population controlled (one-child policy).(Timquijano/ Flickr)

Official propaganda on wall in Shaxi, a small village in southern China. “Make China rich and powerful, Make the ethnic groups prosperous and thriving, Make the population controlled (one-child policy).” (Image: Timquijano/Flickr)

While there has been some recent tweaking of laws related to the policy, the authorities continue to brutally enforce it through forced abortions and forced sterilizations.

“Through it, the Chinese Communist Party boasts that it has ‘prevented’ 400 million births. This is the hallmark of Communist regimes – the peacetime killing of their own citizens. Now China faces demographic disaster,” Reggie Littlejohn, head of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, told the Congressional Executive Commission on China in April.

Some of the massive problems the policy has created include:

  • China’s dwindling labor force
  • A growing elderly population
  • Severe gender imbalance due to gendercide

“[The] one-child policy serves no purpose whatsoever and it is in fact destructive at this point,” says Littlejohn in the above CBN News video.

A mother and child in Beijing.  China’s one child policy has created a generation with no siblings. (Dimitry B/Flickr)

A mother and child in Beijing. China’s one-child policy has created a generation with no siblings. (Image: Dimitry B/Flickr)

If a large population is no longer a perceived threat to the economy and makes no demographic sense, then why does the policy remain in place? Littlejohn believes that the Party will never abolish it, because it is using it as a form of social control.

A byproduct of the policy, she says, is the terror associated with the forced abortions.

“[The terror] of being dragged out of your home in the middle of the night and strapped on a table, and forced to abort the baby you want, was a byproduct of the policy,” she said

“Their focus was on population control. I believe the reason they are continuing the policy is because of the terror. I believe it is a way for the Chinese Communist Party to demonstrate to every human being in China that their power extends from Beijing to every single womb in China, to declare life or death over the baby in there,” says Littlejohn.

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Women in China demonstrating against the one-child policy. (Screenshot/YouTube)

According to her Congressional Executive testimony, Littlejohn said that a forced abortion is so terrifying that victims at times succumb to mental illness.

China has the highest female suicide rate in the world.

She said that a network of paid informers are used as part of the one-child policy, so women are constantly being spied on by their neighbors, friends, and co-workers.

“People are hired in villages to just watch women’s abdomens to see who is pregnant. Anyone can inform on them,” says Littlejohn. “What that does is rupture all the relationships of trust in Chinese society, and if you can’t trust anyone, you can’t organize for democracy,” says Littlejohn.

“I believe this is a divide and conquer strategy by the Chinese Communist Party”.

Expanding on that, Littlejohn told the Congressional Executive that the policy provides an infrastructure of coercion that can be used to crush dissent of any sort.

Through the use of fines, the policy is also extremely profitable for the Chinese Communist Party.

For a further informative look at this serious issue, see this China Uncensored take on it:

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