Biden on China’s One Child Policy in 2011 “Your policy has been one which I fully understand”

Speaking to Sichuan University August 21, 2011, then Vice President Joe Biden said on China’s one child per family policy “Your policy has been one which I fully understand.”

This policy was enforced with mandatory abortions and sterilizations.

The transcript to the speech is available at the Obama White House archives. 

Joe Biden:

What we ended up doing is setting up a system whereby we did cut by $1.2 trillion upfront, the deficit over the next 10 years.  And we set up a group of senators that have to come up with another $1.2 to $1.7 trillion in savings or automatically there will be cuts that go into effect in January to get those savings.  So the savings will be accomplished.  But as I was talking to some of your leaders, you share a similar concern here in China.  You have no safety net.  Your policy has been one which I fully understand — I’m not second-guessing — of one child per family.  The result being that you’re in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people.  Not sustainable.

Per DailyCaller, Chinese authorities are reported to have taken draconian measures, including forced abortions, in enforcing the one-child policy.

China began rolling back the policy in 2013, and all couples are allowed to have up to two children.

The Biden campaign didn’t return the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment for this article.

U.S.-China relations are at the forefront of the 2020 election due to the coronavirus pandemic, which started in China and which China covered up in its early stages.

President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is seeking to press Biden on his past habit of downplaying or dismissing the threat to the United States posed by China’s rise.

Trump’s campaign on Thursday released an ad hammering Biden’s past remarks on China.