Chinese Government Fines Woman $87,000 for Having Child

Posted on May 14, 2007

Family planning mandarins in central China have slapped a record fine of 600,000 yuan (about $87,000) on a private entrepreneur for flouting the world’s most populous nation’s strict “one child” policy.

Family planning officials in Anhui province meted out the fine, the online edition of Xinhua news agency said in a report seen on Monday. It did not give the identity of the businessman.

“Regardless of whether one is rich or poor, everyone should be equal before the law when family planning rules are implemented,” Xinhuanet quoted Zhang Weiqing, minister of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, as saying.

China launched the one-child policy in 1980 to curb its population, now over 1.3 billion. Anhui’s population stood at 65.16 million as of Aug. 24 last year, the eighth-largest among China’s 31 provinces, regions and municipalities.

Baby boom a perk that only elite can afford the restrictions, which vary from city to countryside, have bolstered a traditional preference for boys and have come under fire from Western countries and human rights watchdogs after widespread reports of forced abortions and female infanticide.

Last month, family planning officials warned that the rich and famous faced “double punishment” — fines and a ban from any future government awards — if they broke the law. Violators are usually fined a few thousand yuan.

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Sun Tzu has spent about 7 years in Asia traveling through Japan, Hong Kong, China, and Korea. A true fan of everything that is weird and strange, he decides in the end what is displayed and published on this site. Sun has previous experience writing for numerous print mags such as XLR8R, URB, and Movement Magazine.
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