The harrowing true story behind China’s power of one

The harrowing true story behind China’s power of one
China’s controversial one-child policy has now been curtailed, but its social cost is almost unquantifiablePicture: Getty

NON-FICTION; One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment; By Mei Fong; Oneworld Publications, €17.25

But as Mei Fong’s stark and prescient One Child exposes, this hugely controversial programme was not only unnecessary but unleashed devastating consequences.

The roots of China’s one-child policy were purely economic. The objective was to increase its per-capita GDP quickly by raising output and curbing population growth.

With the country’s economy about to become the largest in the world, it’s easy to infer that the policy was vital to China’s transformation. ...

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