China: Family Planning

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the government of China on the implementation of the one-child policy in Tibet; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Meg Munn Meg Munn Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not discussed implementation of China's one child policy specifically in relation to Tibet. However, we do raise our concerns about abuses of the one child policy involving sterilisation and abortions. We did this most recently at the latest round of the UK-China human rights dialogue, which was held in Beijing on 28-31 January. We do not dispute China's right or need to implement family planning policies but we do believe they should be based on the principles of consent and not coercion. We will continue to encourage the Chinese to meet international human rights standards at every appropriate opportunity, both bilaterally and through the EU.

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