Shannon’s last post on the new population predictions scaring the world and generating many headlines is an excellent read. One of the scariest things I think about these predictions is how they might be used by policy makers and politicians to agitate for population control measures. Especially if those policy makers come from a country that has the most brutal population control measures in the world: China. Well, right away China is jumping in and pointing to its “stellar” population control measures as an example to us all. According to the People Daily Online:
“A Chinese representative on Monday called on the international community to work together to include the issue of population in the post-2015 development agenda. Li Bin, minister in charge of the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China, made the appeal here at a special session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on the follow-up to the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).”
If African countries will not voluntarily stop having too many children (and making us Western nations feel guilty about our overconsumption), we’ll get the Chinese in to show them how it’s done:
“To effectively implement the follow-up to the ICPD Program of Action beyond 2014, ‘we should work together to include the issue of population in the post-2015 development agenda, and provide more support to developing countries,’ Li told the UNGA.”
What can she have been meaning by way of support? Well, presumably this support draws upon the Chinese example of population control.
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