Chinese lawmakers are preparing to fight a worsening economy by freezing the eggs of single women


The annual “two sessions” of the Chinese government – the simultaneous meetings of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPC) – are due to begin on Saturday, March 4.

This year’s sessions will likely deal with China’s sluggish economy, accelerating demographic crisis and the once-in-five-years turnover of government officials.

The NPC is Communist China’s legislative body, which puts on a great show by deliberating, deliberating, and then unanimously deciding what dictator Xi Jinping wants. The CPPCC is an advisory body with no policy-making powers. According to him own accountit represents the “patriotic united front of the Chinese people” and constitutes “an important tool for the development of socialist democracy.”

More specifically, the CCP is a prestigious club for well-connected members of the Chinese Communist Party who spend most of their time legitimizing whatever the party and its master, Xi Jinping, want. It sometimes serves as a vehicle for its members to bring ideas to the attention of the party without embarrassing senior officials or implying that an authoritarian government might overlook something important.

This will be the case for both sessions in 2023, as CPPCC member and reproductive health expert Lu Weiying plans. a gift suggestion to freeze the eggs of unmarried women so that they can become pregnant later.

China admitted It was the first net population decline since January 1962, and many observers believe the population crisis began years ago. As in many industrialized countries, China’s population decline means fewer young workers to pay for a growing elderly population — and, as in other countries, a large part of the problem is that educated and career-seeking people want to delay childrearing. until they earn their keep.

Lu’s idea to alleviate this demographic trend is to freeze the eggs of young fertile women so they can have children later in life, a process currently illegal in China due to health concerns and fears. eggs are not for sale and are not sold for profit. Lu suggested testing the waters by creating pilot programs for egg freezing and in vitro fertilization (IVF), which are now also illegal in China.

THE Strait time China’s northeastern Jilin province said on Tuesday it had started a pilot IVF program 20 years ago, but it had little effect on the region’s low birth rate. Perhaps Lou hopes that IVF’s nationwide expansion will make it available to more couples who want to have children.

Lu further told state media that China wants to revive a stalled initiative to include various fertility treatments in health insurance — a costly proposition, but one that he argued would save money by listing treatments in the insurance program and treating fertility problems earlier. long term. . It also supports much-discussed proposals to subsidize childbirth in a variety of ways, from longer maternity leave to cheaper babysitters, so Chinese women choose to have more children.

China spray economy In both sessions, the hot topic will be, but of course, the state world time On Monday, he spoke of a nervous world in recession, hoping for leadership from Beijing:

This year’s two sessions have attracted national and global attention due to a combination of factors such as the global economic slowdown, China’s continued strong economic recovery after its victory against COVID-19, and 2023 being a pivotal year in China’s social development. . and the economic development and political agenda following the successful conclusion of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in October 2022.

Already, foreign media have speculated about potential personnel changes in the next two sessions, as well as the goals and policies of socio-economic development. Overall, higher economic indicators and stronger policy measures are expected to provide a significant boost to the struggling global economy, analysts and recent meetings and official statements said.

…As China lifted its anti-epidemic measures and declared victory against COVID-19, China’s economy was on a fast recovery path, reflected by rising indicators, including increased consumption and expanded industrial activity. Thus, many domestic and foreign institutions expect China’s GDP growth rate to exceed 5% this year. For example, the International Monetary Fund predicts that global growth will increase by 5.2%, compared to 2.9%.

THE South China Morning Post (SCMP) noted on Tuesday that much of China’s valuable financial and human capital has been drained by the coronavirus pandemic and its indefinite lockdown, and that the dead may not return anytime soon.

Other SCMP predict In two scheduled sessions, Xi and other top Chinese officials will emphasize “stability” and “pragmatism” in bureaucrats who are replaced twice in a decade, seeking to signal that the tumultuous days of Xi Jinping’s city-wide coronavirus lockdown are over. Good.

Some SCMP Observers predicted that the two sessions would loosen Beijing’s regulatory grip on tech companies, which has indeed tightened after accepting some of Xi’s comments. the new tech moguls as a test of his access to power. According to the Communist Party, the crackdown has been going on for months, but the technology sector be nervous.

THE SCMP The five-year rotation will allow Xi to purge his former Hu Jintao loyalists from the bureaucracy and replace them with his own staunch supporters.

Bigger than that personal integrity Compared to Xi, China’s new officials can be expected to be more enthusiastic about Xi’s policy of technological security and independence for China — which has attacked the Western world for decades with aggressive espionage and technology theft and now wants to develop clear leaders in advanced countries. technologies such as artificial intelligence.

Xi’s notion of independence would help shield China from the fallout if the rest of the world were to seriously consider “separating” because of human rights concerns or pandemic fears. Nowadays, many international concerns about China’s decades of exploiting cheap labor have at least changed some of their stuff to alternate locations.

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