Oh no. While
sucking up to the Chinese leadership traveling in China yesterday, Vice President Biden condoned Chinese policy that allows families to have only one child. From The Daily Caller:
In explaining the demographic concerns of funding for future generations, Biden cited the Chinese policy.
“But as I was talking to some of your leaders, you share a similar concern here in China. You have no safety net,” Biden said. “Your policy has been one which I fully understand — I’m not second-guessing — of one child per family. The result being that you’re in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable.”
MR. VICE PRESIDENT, THIS IS NOT A “POLICY.” IT’S A HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE.
Beyond the inherent evil of a government telling its citizens how many kids they can have, the Chinese one-child policy has real victims: It kills little girls.
China’s ratio of boys to girls is abnormally high. In order to ensure that the first and only child is a boy, Chinese have resorted to abortion based on sex selection. In some cases, infanticide has occurred, as well as a kind of de facto infanticide in which little girls are given insufficient medical treatment.
The results for adults, particularly women, are also bad. From a 2005 study in the New England Journal of Medicine:
The shortage of women may have increased mental health problems and socially disruptive behavior among men and has left some men unable to marry and have a family. The scarcity of females has resulted in kidnapping and trafficking of women for marriage and increased numbers of commercial sex workers, with a potential resultant rise in human immunodeficiency virus infection and other sexually transmitted diseases.
This is not just a demographic problem, Mr. Vice President.
What happened to the days when our leaders visited these corrupt, evil jerks who lead thise regimes and told them what we thought of them, even while recognizing we had to do business.
You may remember Secretary of State Clinton got the administration off on the wrong foot during her first trip as secretary to China, when said she was not going to emphasize human rights issues because such uncomfortable topics might interfere with efforts on global climate change and so forth.
One can only assume that people like Biden and Clinton, despite their belief that Republicans are heartless bastards – you know this is what they think – actually don’t care about human rights very much. At least not when its inconvenient, as in the case of China.
Don’t worry Mr. Vice President, the Chinese will still buy our debt, even if we “second guess” them. If they don’t, someone else will.
And second guessing should be only the beginning. You should be having to restrain yourself from saying that you hope the people who designed and who implement the China one-child policy rot in Hell.