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Topics: population shrinkage

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China Begins “Mobilizing the Masses” to Reproduce

When the Chinese Communist Party implemented a “comprehensive two-child policy” in early 2016, outside observers assumed that it would be voluntary.  And why should they not? To all appearances, this was a dramatic relaxation—a doubling, no less–of the restrictive one-child policy. But appearances can be deceiving, especially where China is concerned. Instead of enjoying a new dawn of reproductive freedom, Chinese couples are actually being herded into something resembling reproductive servitude.

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Global Monitor: Speculation on the Future of World Population

It is easy to understand the confusion of many concerning whether the world is overpopulated or under populated when one reads a news report on the increasing number of Sub-Saharan Africans followed by an article on the alarming lack of people in Russia or Eastern Europe. This confusion is due in part to the difference in population developments worldwide. A recently updated study by the Austrian-based International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) tries to …

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