In a Budget Committee members-only meeting on Tuesday, Congressman Tim Huelskamp asked Gao Qiang, who served for two years as the Party Secretary for the Ministry of Health of the People's Republic of China, about the country's population control policy. Gao Qiang, through an interpreter, told members in attendance that the population of China is 400 million people less than what it would have been if it were not for these population control policies.
At the same time, however, Gao Qiang told Congressman Huelskamp that he and his wife are each one of seven children. Gao Qiang also pointed out that China has lost more people than the overall population of the United States (312 million).
"I was shocked to hear a Chinese official admit how many people have been lost as a result of the country's population control policy," Congressman Huelskamp said. "The fact that this policy has resulted in the loss of more people than the overall population of the United States is an eye-opening figure. It's also one we cannot ignore, despite the Vice President's desires otherwise. Think about the demographic consequences of this, particularly the fact that a disproportionate number of these losses are baby girls. But, even if this policy were to be ended today, impacts would be felt for years to come."
Congressman Huelskamp used the occasion to discuss how China faces a major demographic problem as a result of having so few young people to support the country's aging population.