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Joe Biden Under Fire for Saying he “Fully Understands” China’s ‘One Child’ Policy

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is under fire for declaring that he “fully understands” China’s ‘one child’ policy.

Biden’s remarks came during a visit to Sichuan University in Chengdu, China on Sunday.

“Your policy has been one which I fully understand – I’m not second-guessing – of one child per family,” he said at a question and answer session with students. He also added that “you’re in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable. So hopefully we can act in a way on a problem that’s much less severe than yours, and maybe we can learn together from how we can do that.”

According to the Telegraph, Biden’s acceptance of China’s ‘one child’ policy, which is viewed as inhumane by many since it frequently involves forced abortions and sterilization, has enraged American conservatives.

“China’s one-child policy is gruesome and barbaric,” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said. “Vice President Biden’s acquiescence to such a policy should shock the conscience of every American. Instead of condoning the policy, [he] should have condemned it in the strongest possible terms. There can be no defense of a government that engages in compulsory sterilization and forced abortions in the name of population control.”

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said he was “deeply troubled” by Biden’s remarks, adding that the Obama administration ought to be “focusing on jobs for the American people, not encouraging foreign governments to utilize abortion as a means of population and deficit control.”

It has been more than 30 years since China instituted the ‘one child’ policy in response to soaring population growth. Beijing says the policy has prevented 400 million births since it was implemented in 1980. International human rights groups have slammed the policy, which has not only meant millions of abortions but also a gender imbalance since many Chinese parents still prefer to have boys than girls. Girls are often aborted, abandoned or even killed.

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