Washington D.C., Aug 23, 2011 / 16:04 pm
A leading human rights advocate in the U.S. House of Representatives says Vice President Joe Biden betrayed Chinese women and children by saying he “fully understood” the country's one-child policy and was not “second guessing” it.
“The one child per couple policy is cruel, inhumane and the most egregious systematic attack on women ever,” said Representative Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said on August 23. “For the Vice President to publicly state that he fully understands the one child policy is unconscionable.”
“He and all of us should be defending the women of China from this state-sponsored cruelty of forced abortion and forced sterilization, not supporting and enabling it.”
Vice President Biden made the remarks during his state visit to China, at an August 21 appearance at Chengdu's Sichuan University. He was discussing the United States' dilemma of paying for entitlement programs when the number of retirees exceeds the number of workers, a problem he said China shared.