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Over the past three decades, China's government has limited Chinese families to one child per family in an effort to control the population growth. Do you think that a government has the right to introduce such a drastic anti-natalist policy? Or, is it an invasion of privacy of what should be a family decision? What has been the impact on the gender gap (more men than women)?

Consider issues like: inheritance (women until recently could not inherit land), social pretenses for males. Cite the pros & cons in your answer.

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A discussion about the right of a government to impose restrictions on family growth.

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My name is Jason Blair and it is my pleasure to assist you with some notes related to China's one-child policy. By way of introduction, I am a professor in the state of Arizona.

Your question asks for an opinion, one way or the other, as to whether a government has the right to impose such strict restrictions over family growth and decisions related to child-birth. It is difficult to make this determination, but for the sake of argument, I would propose that they do have the right. We have to remember that the cultural distance between China and the West is great. In the end, China has the obligation to take ...

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