The Chinese government has announced plans for a variety of economic and legal reforms. These include liberalizing financial markets, increasing the role of the market in the Chinese economy, and reducing administrative hurdles to doing business. They also include an adjustment to its one-child policy, and the abolition of the re-education through labor system, as well as reforms to its household registration system, known as the hukou system.
The United States remains strongly opposed to all aspects of China’s coercive birth limitation policies.
The United States looks forward to hearing details about how these reforms will be implemented and welcomes steps that better integrate China into the global economy and the network of international norms and standards.
The easing of China’s one-child policy reportedly would allow couples to have two children if one of the parents is an only child. The United States remains strongly opposed to all aspects of China’s coercive birth limitation policies, which include forced abortion and sterilization, and urges the Chinese government to eliminate all coercive birth limitation policies and practices.
China’s ending the re-education through labor system would be a welcome step because this system currently allows Chinese authorities to imprison individuals without due process for up to three years.
The United States continues to urge the Chinese government to respect internationally recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms.
The United States believes that respect for the rule of law and protection of human rights will benefit the long-term stability and prosperity of China.