This is an overpopulated country. I don’t think anyone who has been here can make a convincing argument that this place needs more people. Besides taking an active effort in controlling the birthrate, I sometimes wonder if the government here also takes a somewhat passive role in reducing the population, by allowing reckless and dangerous behaviors in its populace and institutions that cause more deaths than you might find in other countries.
Here are some examples that come from
’s indifference regarding safety and its Laissez-faire
attitude toward business. China
Lots of people are killed in
each year in traffic accidents. Most drivers are rank rookies with little
training or practice, and their numbers are increasing every day. Seatbelts, child car seats, and motorcycle
helmets are seldom used. Traffic laws
are scoffed at and rarely enforced. The
result is vehicular carnage on a scale that only the Chinese are capable of. China
It is believed that police under report the number of traffic deaths each year. In 2007, for instance, police logged 81,649 deaths, compared to 221,135 listed on death certificates, according to a recent study. Five years later we have more incompetent new drivers and more carnage.
Keep buying those cars and motorcycles, folks, and pay no attention to those red and green lights. Those are just suggestions.
Air pollution was linked to at least 8,572 premature deaths across four major cities in 2012, according to a study by
and Greenpeace published Dec. 18. Peking University
Something to keep in mind is that there are 640 major cities in
and air pollution exists in nearly all these places. Can we assume that over 5 million people die
prematurely from toxic air? China
The pollution comes from everything from factories and vehicles to citizens burning garbage.
If the government was to make a real effort to clean the air, it would have a negative effect on this highly successful population reduction agent
’s population (nearly 700 million people) consumes
drinking water contaminated with animal and human waste that exceeds the
applicable maximum permissible levels, and while there has been an overall
decline in mortality from infectious diseases, diarrheal diseases and viral
hepatitis, both associated with fecal pollution of water, they are the leading
infectious diseases in China . China
As with any issue in
, the numbers on tobacco, cigarettes and smoking are
daunting: More than a trillion cigarettes produced by the state tobacco
monopoly; more than 300 million smokers, 740 million second-hand smokers, and,
by 2020, some two million annual deaths related to smoking. China
As many as 60% of men smoke, although only 3% of women say that they do. One of the negative aspects of the One Child Law is the practice of selectively aborting female fetuses due to the preference of a male offspring. Having most of the men and few of the women smoking is a positive move in helping to balance this gender inequity.
The State Tobacco Monopoly Administration both runs and regulates China National Tobacco Corp., the world’s biggest cigarette maker with a market share about the size of Philip Morris International Inc. (PM) and British American Tobacco Plc (BATS) combined. Tobacco tax generated 96 billion dollars in revenue in 2011.
There is not a lot of incentive for the government to trample on the rights of people who choose to smoke themselves to death.
Work-related accidents killed 75,500 people in
last year. That’s over 200
workers a day. Some “Workers’ China Paradise”.
Bribery and cronyism results in corners being cut in construction, resulting in shoddy buildings and infrastructure. For example:
Six bridges have collapsed since July 2011.
This building fell over.
And thousands of crappy buildings, including schools collapsed in the 2008
earthquake resulting in the deaths of thousands of
There are many other unsafe situations here, some of them due to carelessness of individuals, and some of it because evil people are making a quick buck by skirting safety practices. There is lead in paint, Melamine in milk products, and excessive chemicals in food.
Libertarian Americans and others who believe that the government has no business trying to regulate what happens in peoples’ lives would love the way this government doesn’t regulate.
I doubt that these issues that cause the premature deaths of millions of Chinese every year are a deliberate effort by the government to thin the population down a bit, but it seems to be working anyway.