China’s decision to end its 36-year-old one-child policy imposed on 1.3 billion people was surprising but not entirely unexpected. This massive act of social engineering by the Chinese Communist Party has produced nothing short of a demographic disaster.
By 2025, the U.N. projects that China will be the most elderly nation on Earth, with more Chinese 60 and over than 14 and under, drastically burdening social welfare infrastructures and slashing workforce productivity. That’s why the government has been quietly signaling for years that the policy would eventually end, even implementing reforms in 2014 that added 11 million households to the rolls authorized to have more than one child.… Seguir leyendo »
When the Swedish Academy called the Chinese writer Mo Yan to tell him he had won this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, the novelist reportedly told them, in what must be one of the most poignant Nobel reactions in memory, that he was “overjoyed and terrified.”
It isn’t hard to imagine why a writer who chose “Mo Yan” as his pen name would find fear at the heart of such a happy occasion. The name, meaning “don’t speak,” was his parents’ admonition when they sent him out to play in the Maoist 1950s and ’60s. Half a century later, Mao’s party, stripped of ideology but intact in its machinery, remains in charge, and at least 40 of Mo Yan’s less circumspect contemporaries are locked in Chinese prisons.… Seguir leyendo »