Red China: Don't Fall in Love

An Oriental paradox: Red China, unable to feed its estimated 680 million people, desperately needs to slow down a birth rate that is increasing the population by 1,650 people every hour; but it is plainly stated in Communist doctrine that population control is unnecessary and undesirable in a Marxist state.

A brief deviationist experiment with conventional contraception devices in 1957 brought disgrace to its government promoters, partly on ideological grounds, partly because the campaign made no impact on the Chinese people. Now, party dialecticians are trying a new propaganda tack—later marriage. The government lists all sorts of advantages: health, industrial...

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