Latest News:  
Beijing   Foggy/Light rain    9 / 2   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>China Society

Gentler reminders to replace ugliness

By Li Qian   (Shanghai Daily)

13:10, February 27, 2012

China has launched a program to replace harsh slogans, which sometimes even threaten criminal acts, that some officials use to promote the country's one-child policy.

Instead it wants to substitute with milder expressions in an effort to "avoid offending the public and stoking social tensions."

The program, named "face-washing project," initiated by the National Population and Family Planning Commission, aims to phase out those eye-sore slogans involving violent threats and replace them with "friendly" expressions, the People's Daily reported yesterday.

Some local officials in rural areas have come up with nasty slogans to intimidate couples planning to have more than one child. Simply reading some of them can send chills down one's spine.

Some examples: "If you don't receive the tubal ligation surgery by the deadline, your house will be demolished!" "We would rather scrape your womb than allow you to have a second child!" "Kill all your family members if you don't follow the rule!"

"Once you get captured, an immediate tubal ligation will be done; Should you escape, we'll hunt you down; If you attempt a suicide, we'll offer you either the rope or a bottle of poison."

The Chinese government adopted the family-planning policy in the late 1970s to rein in the growth rate of the world's largest population. It officially restricts most couples in urban areas to one child. Those who violate the regulation may face a huge fine.

"Overpopulation remains one of the major challenges to social and economic development," said Li Bin, director of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, according to Xinhua news agency.

【1】 【2】


Leave your comment4 comments

  1. Name

PD User at 2012-03-17117.194.130.*
when time happen 18th party congress of cpc
Emmjaa at 2012-03-0770.140.188.*
If Obamacare sticks around, it is only a matter of time, until there will be a 1 child policy in the USA.
Jeff at 2012-03-02184.155.11.*
Soon they will tire of controlling their own population and seek new space for expansion.
no BO at 2012-03-0168.110.1.*
National Population and Family Planning Commission? Sounds like an obama prodject

Selections for you

  1. Chavez returns to Venezuela after surgery

  2. Sotheby's Chinese art works exhibition

  3. DPRK's satellite launch plan 'provocative': US

  4. Monkey King swings into New York exhibit

Most Popular


  1. Obama brings new trade case against China
  2. Giving is an aid to prosperity
  3. Rare earth case reveals US hypocrisy
  4. What international order should world build?
  5. Is morality improving or declining in China?
  6. China's development contributes world economy
  7. China's diplomacy needs courage and strategy
  8. Death penalty does not hold answer to corruption
  9. Socialist democracy to illuminate China's future
  10. Truth about Tibet is slowly coming to light

What's happening in China

Cold front, heavy fog to sweep China

  1. Plastic surgery needs higher standard
  2. Fog grounds flights in N. China
  3. Muliti-pileup causes death on E. China highway
  4. 300 people evacuated after oil warehouse fire
  5. Villagers concerned about sinking railway

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai