Abolishing the One-Child Policy: Stages, Issues and the Political Process

  title={Abolishing the One-Child Policy: Stages, Issues and the Political Process},
  author={Thomas Scharping},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary China},
  pages={327 - 347}
  • T. Scharping
  • Published 15 November 2018
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  • Journal of Contemporary China
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