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Population Policy
(2,692 words)

1. Traditional Ideals

In early Chinese texts on political philosophy, dating back to the 7th to 1st centuries BCE, population policy played an important role. A large population was generally considered a sign of goo…

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Scharping, Thomas, “Population Policy”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 23 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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