Beijing: With growing instances of affluent
Chinese parents flouting the one-child policy norm, the
Beijing government warned people that the second child will
not be given citizenship if parents failed to register them
before November 1.
Families who register their extra births (more than one
child) will face only minimal fines while those who attempt to
hide the births of "illegal" newborns will have to raise those
children without the benefit of citizenship, Xi Kaili, a
spokesperson for Beijing Municipal Commission was quoted in
China Daily as saying on Monday.
The penalties will be smaller than the typical fines of
the recent past, which were often eight or nine times the
average annual income, Xi said.
According to Beijing Statistics Bureau, the average
annual wage in the capital last year was 30,000 yuan (USD
4,409). The minimum penalty for violating the policy is 90,000
yuan (USD 13,227).
Last year, around 100,000 babies were born in Beijing.
Officials have said the real number may be much higher because
some parents have more than their single child permitted under
the rules, but not reported additional births to avoid
Those unregistered children then will typically not have
citizenship, the newspaper said.
Beijing is understood to be encouraging the registration
of unregistered children as part of the nationwide census that
is held every 10 years and is being carried out this year.
Hou Donghai, a Beijing resident from the suburban Yanqing
county, who was born as the second child in her family in
1986, said there seems to be fewer people these days breaking
Her family was fined 500 yuan (USD 73) back in 1986 for
violating the policy.
The penalty since then has become much more severe.
"I have not heard of many newborns that break the family
planning policy recently," the 24-year-old said.
An official of Beijing Bureau of Statistics said most of
these births are attributable to largely unsupervised migrant
population and the super-rich, who can afford the penalties.
"I haven`t encountered an excess child in my
neighbourhood for years," he said.
China has been implementing the one-child policy strictly
except in Shanghai where the rule was relaxed and second child
The policy however do not apply to minority population in