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Biden Sympathized with China’s One Child Policy Back in 2011


It’s been absolutely amazing the outpouring sypmathy China has received from the left.

Even supposed “moderate” Democrats, like Joe Biden, can’t help but express their sympathies for the authoritarian communist state.

Back in 2011, Joe Biden stated he “understood” China’s one-child policy. Many will recall that the extreme policy utilized forced sterilization and abortions along with steep penalties and fines.

Experts now claim China’s policy has done significant damage to the country by skewing the male-to-female ratio and leaving elderly citizens with limited care options.

Fox News previously reported on Biden’s comments:

Former Vice President and 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden told a Chinese university audience in 2011 that he “fully” understood that country’s since-ended policy limiting families to only one child each.

“As I was talking with some of your leaders, you share a similar concern. You have no safety net. Your policy has been one which I fully understand — I’m not second-guessing — of one child per family,” he told students at Sichuan University in 2011.

The policy, which ended in 2015, attracted criticism for its apparent impact on abortions in China. A top State Department official said in 2004 that “he large fees and penalties for out-of-plan births” fed a regulatory scheme that was “tantamount to coercion that leads to abortion.”

According to data obtained from China’s own health ministry in 2013, doctors had performed more than 330 million abortions and 196 million sterilizations since 1971 when China initiated population control efforts. The nation didn’t formally implement the one-child policy until 1979.

Biden was answering a student’s question about the U.S. deficit, prompting him to discuss entitlements like Medicare. While Biden criticized the one-child policy as mathematically unsustainable, he did not appear to denounce it on moral terms as former President George W. Bush’s administration did.

Biden told the student the policy was “not sustainable” given that it resulted in “one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people.” “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,” he added.

During a 2011 hearing before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights, Rep. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J., called the policy the “most egregious systematic attack on mothers ever.”

“Nothing in human history compares to the magnitude of China’s 33-year assault on women and children,” said Smith, the subcommittee chair.

Recently, Biden hasn’t been afraid to show his “coziness” with China. President Trump’s re-election campaign even recently released an ad attacking the former Vice President for his views on China.

Check out the latest on Twitter:

To Biden's credit, he did state the policy had become "unsustainable." What sort of message does it send, however, when an American politician says he understands one of the most extreme, authoritarian policies in recent history?

The Daily Caller has more to add on Biden:

Former Vice President Joe Biden said in 2011 that he “fully” understood China’s one-child policy, which the communist regime reportedly enforced with mandatory abortions and sterilizations.

Biden made the comments while speaking to students at Sichuan University in China, where he compared the United States’ fiscal issues with that of China.

“But as I was talking to some of your leaders, you share a similar concern here in China. You have no safety net. Your policy has been one which I fully understand — I’m not second-guessing — of one child per family. The result being that you’re in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable,” he said.

Chinese authorities are reported to have taken draconian measures, including forced abortions, in enforcing the one-child policy.

China began rolling back the policy in 2013, and all couples are allowed to have up to two children.

The Biden campaign didn’t return the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment for this article.

Speaking of Biden and China, the Democrat presidential candidate claimed at a campaign stop last year that China is not in competition with the United States.

Take a look at the campaign video below:


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