China's Rise in Asia: Promises and Perils by Robert G. Sutter
China's rapid military and economic growth has fuelled a steady stream of analysis and debate about the PRC's motivations and objectives regarding the United States. Yet until now, there has not been a sustained, single-authored assessment in English of China's expanding influence in Asia in the post-Cold War period.
Respected analyst Robert G. Sutter draws on his extensive experience in the region to explore the current debate on China's rise and its meaning for U. He finds a range of motivations underlying China's recent initiatives.
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Some incline Chinese policy to be cooperative with the United States, others to be competitive and confrontational. Since the Chinese government adopted its so-called "family planning policy" three decades ago, China has limited couples to one child, with few exceptions.
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Those who broke the rule were slapped with heavy fines or were forced to abort pregnancies. Since , experts at the National Population and Family Planning Commission of China say, the policy has prevented more than million births in the country. Proponents rationalized it as an emergency measure to curb the large number of births expected from the baby boomers of the s.
The Canadian demographer says supporters of the policy now cite the double-digit economic growth rate since as the so-called "demographic dividend. The population policy might have also helped girls and women get ahead, as a survey by the All-China Women's Federation and the National Bureau of Statistics found. But the policy has also brought about a list of unintended socio-economic consequences.
China's one-child policy has been blamed for abuses, including female infanticide and forced abortions and sterilizations.
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Chinese traditionally prefer boys over girls because they are seen as more able to provide for the family and carry on the family line. As a result, the practice of aborting female fetuses or abandoning infant girls still continues today in rural areas. This remains a sensitive topic in China, poignantly depicted in Mo Yan's "Frog," a novel about a midwife in rural China and her experiences with forced abortions and sterilizations.
Mo recently won China's prestigious Mao Dun literary award --a potential indication that China has become more open to talking about the issue. China is now facing a lopsided sex ratio in infants and young children.
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According to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, for every Chinese girls born, there are about boys. The global norm is about to At that rate, China is likely to have some 30 million unmarried men by The unusually rapid decline in fertility has also produced a rapidly aging population. Two decades ago, demographers say, the share of China's population aged 60 and above was only 7. That has risen to