When a worker can no longer produce, kill him.
Commentators think China may get old before it gets rich. I’m not convinced.
Like a number of other countries, China will in a few years have too few workers to maintain output and support their aging population. China has gotten themselves into this demographic mess with their one-child policy. The Chinese government has maintained that one-child policy by forced abortions as needed, with no concern for human rights. Why would they let human rights restrain them in the future? The solution that’s obvious to a PLA technocrat is euthanasia – a one-parent policy, so to speak. “Sacrifice the little family for the big family.”
If all that restrains the Chinese government is pragmatism and efficiency, then nothing restrains them. It isn’t that the Chinese may not get rich. It’s that their own government’s policies may again cause millions to die.