CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 8 September 2018

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Biden attacked for praising China’s one-child policy

 

WASHINGTON DC (CWNews.com): The vice president of the United States of America, Joseph Biden, is under fire in Washington DC for commenting that he can fully understand China’s one-child policy, without making any qualifying remarks about what member of congress, Chris Smith, called its brutal enforcement.

“Your policy has been one which I fully understand—I’m not second-guessing—of one child per family,” Biden said. His only reservation about the policy was that it eventually means, “One wage earner will be taking care of four retired people.”

Smith is critical of Biden for not mentioning the forced abortions and sterilisations that have been widely reported in the enforcement of the policy.

Biden made his comment in a speech to students at Sichuan University in Chengdu on August 21. He devoted most of his words to economic concerns, but touched briefly on human rights issues. However, he did not mention the one-child policy in this context, nor did he mention religious freedom.

Smith told the Laura Ingraham radio programme that China’s one-child policy is hideous. He said, “Women are hunted down, if they evade these family planning cadres into the ninth month, they are forcibly brought into a clinic and [their children] are aborted.”

He continued, “I had a... Chinese student here in the United States, who finally got asylum, and she told her story, how they literally held her father, they held other people until she surrendered for this so-called voluntary abortion and then she literally, roughly, had her baby removed. And, as she said, they actually put one of the body parts on her to mock her.”

Smith said that this illustrates the cruelty of the policy that Biden is praising. “I mean, that’s how cruel this policy is. And there’s Joe Biden, saying that he fully understands this one-child per couple policy. That is an outrageous statement. He prides himself on his combating violence against women. This is the worst, most pervasive act of violence against women anywhere in the world.

“It is systematic and it is state-sponsored. And the United States of America under Obama, Hillary Clinton and now the vice president, in this outrageous statement, is showing the world that we do not care about Chinese women and about Chinese babies.”

In the face of the attack from Smith and the Republican Party, a statement was issued from Biden’s office saying that both he and the administration of the president, Barack Obama, find the barbarous practices used to enforce the one-child policy by Chinese officials repugnant.

 

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