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Woman Marries Uncle to Avoid China’s Family Planning Policies

Although Chinese authorities implemented the ‘two child policy’ since October 2015, news stories about the one-child policy still dominate the headlines. Chinese media reports how one woman faked a divorce to escape China’s one-child policy to have a second baby. She even married her uncle to make her wish come true.

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Although Chinese authorities implemented the ‘two child policy‘ since October 2015, news stories linked to the one-child policy still regularly make the headlines in China. Chinese media report multiple stories of people avoiding China’s family planning policies – one woman even married her uncle to have a second baby.

When China announced a relaxation of its one-child policy in October 2015, it became big news all over the world. As of January 1st of 2016, Chinese couples are allowed to have two children. But before the implementation of the so-called ‘two-child policy’, many Chinese couples were already allowed to have a second child. Those who were not, would sometimes find creative ways to avoid punishment. The story of a woman getting divorced and then marrying her uncle to have a second baby made the headlines in China today.

Although China’s one-child policy was a nationwide law (as is the so-called ‘two child policy’), every province has the right to decide the circumstances under which couples may have more children, in accordance with local social, economic, political and cultural conditions (Refworld 2000).

Before January 2016, some exceptions allowed couples to have more than one child. Some examples, as listed by Foreign Law Specialist Goitom (2011), were the following:

If their first born is disabled;
If both spouses are members of ethnic minority groups;
If both spouses are only children (so it seems that all individuals born after 1980 whose parents were forced to have only one child would be eligible to have more than one child if they marry another only child);
If a couple divorces and a person thereafter marries an individual who has no child of his or her own; or
If the couple are Chinese who have returned from an overseas country where they have legal residency.

In July 2015, a couple from Weinan, Shaanxi province, wanted to have another child so much that they filed for a ‘staged’ divorce so that the woman could have a second baby without paying a fine for it. In order to get the birth permit for the baby, she remarried her own uncle. This legally permitted her to have another child, as she was now considered a divorced woman married to an individual who had no child of his own.

When Chinese authorities announced the relaxation of China’s one-child policy, the woman, who is named ‘Xiao Hong’ by Chinanews.com, decided she no longer needed to be married to her uncle to have a second child, and filed for divorce.

Trouble started when Xiao Hong’s uncle refused to get a legal divorce before getting financially compensated first. Xiao Hong, unable or unwilling to give him money, then turned to court to make their divorce official.

Earlier this week, a court in Shaanxi ruled that a divorce was not possible, as the wedding was not lawful in the first place. In China, marriage between family members is officially not allowed, Chinanews.com reports.

Another story of a couple filing for divorce to have a second baby has also made the headlines. One couple in Chengyang, Guangxi, staged their divorce in 2013 to avoid the government fine for their second pregnancy (二胎罚款). They later got found out by the local family planning office, and still had to pay a so-called ‘social compensation fee’. After they had remarried again, the family planning office discovered that the man had made another woman pregnant during his ‘fake divorce’. After he was confronted with the fact, he ran away. He has not been back since, according to news reports, leaving his ‘two wives’ and three children behind.

Both news stories are currently being shared amongst netizens on Sina Weibo. “Peculiar policies ask for peculiar counter-measures,” one netizen responds. About the news story of the woman getting married to her uncle, one Weibo user responds: “This story line – I would give it a 9.8!”

These stories remind of another news story that came out some time ago, about a man from Anhui who had two different ID cards. He used the fake one to get married, have a baby and then file for divorce with his wife. He then used the real one to remarry her. As this Sohu news video explains, this was another creative way for this couple to have a second baby.

– By Manya Koetse

References/Sources:
* Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. 2000. “China: One-child policies’ with respect to persons who remarry.” Refworld, 4 February. http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ad5218.html [3.3.16].
* Goitom, Hanibal. 2011. “China’s One Child Policy.” Library of Congress, June 27. http://blogs.loc.gov/law/2011/06/chinas-one-child-policy/ [3.3.16]

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Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, popular culture, and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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    helsic

    March 4, 2016 at 11:48 am

    I would never understand why people is so desperate to have a second baby… I don’t even want to have one in the first place!

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One Dead, 17 Injured in Guangxi Kindergarten Knife Attack

News of a brutal kindergarten attack in Guangxi has shocked Chinese netizens.

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A brutal attack on a kindergarten in the city of Beiliu, Guangxi Province, has left at least one dead and 17 people injured. (Update April 29: Two victims have now passed away due to the attack.)

The incident occurred on the afternoon of April 28, when a man stormed into the school with a knife and started stabbing the pupils and teaching staff. The man attacked at least 16 children and 2 teachers. Blurred videos of the scene showed injured children in the playground area, some sitting up and some lying on the floor.

The 25-year-old man from Guangxi’s Guannan village was arrested shortly after the attack and his motives remain unknown at this time. One video on Weibo shows the man being taken away by police. Some online rumors (unconfirmed) suggested the man was going through a divorce and that his wife works at the kindergarten.

Local authorities in Beiliu and Yulin are calling on people to donate blood while the hospital is treating those who were injured in the attack. Images shared on Weibo showed people lining up to donate blood.

In June of 2020, a similar kindergarten attack left 39 children and staff injured.

On Weibo, the incident has become a trending topic, with many people expressing anger and sorrow over the attack.

“Is this another ‘mental disorder’ [case]?” (“又是精神病?”) many commenters write.

“This news really breaks my heart. Those poor children have done nothing wrong, they are innocent,” one person writes. Many others write that they hope the man will be severely punished. “He should be executed on the spot,” some say, with others writing: “Having a mental disorder is not an excuse.”

By Manya Koetse

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Delivery Man in Anhui Run Over by Ambulance Sent to Rescue Him

From bad to worse: this Eleme delivery man was run over by an ambulance after being hit by an SUV.

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On April 12, a delivery man in the city of Bozhou, Anhui province, was run over by an ambulance arriving at the scene of an accident where he had just been injured.

Shocking footage circulating on Chinese social media shows the delivery man lying in the middle of the road when the ambulance arrives and runs over his leg. The incident happened around 12:00 in the afternoon (link to video, viewer discretion advised).

While the delivery man already suffered injuries because he was hit by an SUV shortly before, things quickly went from bad to worse when the ambulance that was supposed to come to his rescue crushed his leg. The man is currently undergoing treatment at a local hospital in Mengcheng county.

Statement on Weibo by the official Mengcheng county account (@蒙城发布).

According to recent news reports, the ambulance driver has currently been suspended and is under investigation.

The incident received a lot of attention on Weibo today, where the hashtag page discussing the double accident received over 150 million views (#外卖员被救护车二次碾压#).

Many comments relating to this incident are focused on the role of the traffic police at the scene of the accident, with people wondering why there was no guard standing next to the victim.

Thousands of commenters also address how sorry they feel for the victim, especially because the lives of many food delivery drivers – facing long working hours and low wages – is already tough enough.

According to Toutiao News (头条新闻), the delivery man works for Chinese food delivery giant Eleme. Wang Gang (王刚, alias) is approximately 30 years old and has a wife and a child. He had only been working for Eleme for a few months and reportedly did not have any prior accidents.

In Monday’s double accident, Wang suffered a mild skull fracture, seven broken ribs, and a fractured lower leg. He is in stable condition.

By Manya Koetse

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