Doctrine Based Decisions Changing in China

by Hal Mooz 15. November 2013 08:10

China to relax one-child policy as part of economic, social reforms

China is to loosen its controversial one-child policy, abolish some of its labor camps and seek closer policy ties to the United States. The policy shift is one of several key decisions approved by the Communist Party of China (CPC) at its historic and secretive Third Plenary Session earlier this week.

The CPC said the change in family planning policy was intended to promote "long-term balanced development of the population in China," according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. Under the current law, couples living in Chinese cities can only have two children if neither have any brothers or sisters.

Among the package of reforms, the CPC also announced the abolition of the "re-education through labor" system, in what Xinhua said was a bid to improve human rights. The labor-camp system was designed to punish early critics of the Communist Party, but it is now used by local officials to deal with people who challenge the state on rights issues and corruption, the Associated Press said.

China's president, Xi Jinping, told visiting U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew that China and the United States should strengthen policy coordination during their respective reform and restructuring processes, state media reported on Friday. Xi also told Lew that China will "push forward reform with greater impetus" to maintain healthy economic growth, Xinhua said.

The state will also reduce the number of crimes punishable by death, "work to ban" getting criminal confessions through torture, and improve the judiciary system. The main economic reform in the bundle was a proposed change to the country's tightly-controlled banking sector, allowing the establishment of small and medium-sized private banks.


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