The following hearing of the Congressional Co-Executive Commission on China will be webcast at this link.
Representative Christopher Smith, Chairman and Senator Marco Rubio, Cochairman
announce a hearing
China’s New “Two-Child Policy” & the Continuation of Massive Crimes Against Women and Children
Thursday, December 3, 2015
1o:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.
HVC 210, Capitol Visitors Center
After 35 years of brutal enforcement of the one-child policy, the Chinese Communist Party announced in late October that a universal two-child policy will be adopted, allowing all married Chinese couples to have two children.
The policy change was driven by serious demographic concerns currently facing China—a rapidly aging population, a shrinking labor force, and a dramatic gender imbalance that drives regional human trafficking problems and potentially higher levels of crime and societal instability.
Central authorities continue to insist that family planning will continue to be a “fundamental national policy” and many unanswered questions remain about implementation of the policy.
- Why did China not completely abolish birth restrictions?
- Will coercive implementation continue?
- What will happen to China’s massive bureaucracy of family planning officials?
- Will the two-child policy counter China’s massive demographic problems?
This hearing will examine the potential demographic, economic, and social implications associated with China’s new “Two-Child Policy” and seek recommendations on how the international community can assist China to address them.
- Nicholas Eberstadt, Ph.D., Henry Wendt Scholar in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute
- Reggie Littlejohn, Founder and President, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers
- Jennifer Li, Co-Founder, China Life Alliance
- Sarah Huang, Activist
***Additional witnesses may be added
This hearing will be webcast live here.
Click here to download a copy of the Commission's full 2015 Annual Report.
The Congressional-Executive Commission on China, established by the U.S.-China Relations Act of 2000 as China prepared to enter the World Trade Organization, is mandated by law to monitor human rights, including worker rights, and the development of the rule of law in China. The Commission by mandate also maintains a database of information on political prisoners in China—individuals who have been imprisoned by the Chinese government for exercising their civil and political rights under China's Constitution and laws or under China's international human rights obligations. All of the Commission's reporting and its Political Prisoner Database are available to the public online via the Commission's Web site, http://www.cecc.gov