Unexpected Secondary Effects

While trying to keep track of the budgetary commitments laid out in the new government work report (in Chinese), I found an interesting tidbit in an otherwise frustrating unclear piece.

China Spends More on Rural Education

The move will relieve the financial burden on 150 million rural households with school-age children, who make up nearly 80 percent of the country’s primary and junior middle school students. (emphasis added)

Another consequence of enforcing the one-child policy more stringently in cities than in the countryside is that a disproportionate number of the country’s children will be born outside of cities. Sure, this result is obvious at some level. Yet, at the same point in time, there is so much going on here and so many pieces to this puzzle that misplacing some, even some large ones, is inevitable.

Also, the sidebars have some articles that I have found interesting recently. The links might work better outside of China than inside thanks to the tireless work of the great firewall.

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