What would China’s population be today if the government had not stepped in to control the population growth? In 1979, China faced a problem: With one billion people, the country made up 25% of world’s population. In 1980, to combat this problem, China instituted its population-control program: the one child per family policy, an unprecedented, radical take on population control. Mei Fong’s One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment (2016) details the unintended consequences of that policy.
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