Chinese Delegation Pushes Population Control at Copenhagen Climate Change Mtg

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 10, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Chinese Delegation Pushes Population Control at Copenhagen Climate Change Mtg

by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 10
, 2009

Copenhagen, Denmark ( — The Chinese delegation to the international climate change summit isn’t pushing reducing carbon emissions or promoting recycling as a way of protecting the environment. Instead, Chinese officials say population control is an important part of promoting environmental policies.

In China, population control means a one-child policy that prohibits couples from having two or more children.

To enforce the draconian measure, Chinese family planning officials have resorted to forced abortions and involuntarily sterilizations to get women and couples to comply with the national law.

Other couples and their families have faced imprisonment, loss of job, home detention, forced labor and other political, economic and other punishments for not following the pro-abortion policy.

According to a China Daily news report, Zhao Baige, vice-minister of National Population and Family Planning Commission of China, promoted population control at the summit.

"Dealing with climate change is not simply an issue of CO2 emission reduction but a comprehensive challenge involving political, economic, social, cultural and ecological issues, and the population concern fits right into the picture," the member of the delegation said.

Zhao pointed to studies which show that promoting a reduction in population results in improvements in the environment as one reason to back the agenda.

The population control official pointed to a September study from the London School of Economics saying people who have children are responsible for destroying the environment.

Although the report, entitled Fewer Emitter, Lower Emissions, Less Cost, focuses on "family planning" and contraception, the idea is that fewer children born means the environment will be better off.

She also claimed that the Chinese one-child policy has been a great success, even in the face of significant nationwide human rights abuses.

"I’m not saying that what we have done is 100 percent right, but I’m sure we are going in the right direction and now 1.3 billion people have benefited," she said, according to China Daily.

Zhao’s promotion of population control comes at a time when the UN is revising its global population projections — saying that now it expects 1 billion fewer people globally in 2050 compared with earlier estimates.

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