Steven W. Mosher, the internationally recognized China expert who
originally alerted the West to that country's one-child policy,
denounced the Chinese government's recent statements praising the
policy on its 30th anniversary. Mosher further condemned statements by
an upper-level Chinese official that the policy will be continued for
"decades to come," as terrible news for the Chinese people and for
China's future economic growth.
Mosher, who was present in China in 1980 when the policy was originally
handed down, calls China's draconian measures an "unmitigated social
disaster" that have made China the "ugly poster child of forced
abortion and coerced sterilization." As for the Chinese government's
glib defense of its population control measures, Mosher says that the
policy has existed in part to "help maintain the muscular rigor of the
one-party dictatorship that rules China."
"China is a police state, after all," Mosher continues, adding that
"such a state, to remain strong, must have something to police.
Economic controls have been loosened over the past 30 years, so control
over other aspects of life must be tightened. The brutal one-child
policy is one consequence of such a system's relentless drive for
control over people's lives."
"The Chinese government," Mosher concludes, "supported by foreign
population control zealots, believe that its program should be held up
as a population control role model for the rest of the world. In
reality, it should be roundly condemned for its widespread and
systematic violations of human rights, especially the rights of women."
Steven Mosher currently serves as the president of the Population
Research Institute and is available for interview on the topic of
China's one-child policy.