In late 1970s, due to the widespread poverty, then Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping viewed the Chinese population under his rule as a huge burden, instead of a productive force. A big decision was made overnight, by a few high-rank Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials, that each Chinese couple can only have one child, in their entire lives.
The policy was firmly implemented with little mercy. At its peak, there was a competition among some Chinese counties on how tightly the local CCP leader could control his/her people, so that there would be no newborn baby at all — in the entire county (in China, each county typically has a half to 1 million people). The record was 100 days.
CCP members put out propaganda slogans in villages and towns: a single “redundant” baby, all neighbors tube-tied. So everyone has to spy his/her neighbors.
Some young couples had the courage to escape from their home towns and managed to have more than 1 kids. They usually lived difficult lives. Pop songs and stand up comedy shows were mass-produced and widely broadcasted, under the direction of CCP Department of Propaganda, to encourage citizens to discriminate these “excessively fertile rogues”.
It was reported that 200,000,000 to 300,000,000 babies were “efficiently prevented” this way.
In November 2013, following the Third Plenum of the 18th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, China announced the decision to relax the one-child policy. Under the new policy, families could have two children if one parent, rather than both parents, was an only child.
The truth? In the past 30 years, the ENTIRE China enjoyed a 50%-DINK structure, which greatly helped her economical growth — for this generation. But now, China is heading to a severely aging population, at a dangerous speed.