Missile Science, Population Science: The Origins of China's One-Child Policy

@article{Greenhalgh2005MissileSP,
  title={Missile Science, Population Science: The Origins of China's One-Child Policy},
  author={S. Greenhalgh},
  journal={The China Quarterly},
  year={2005},
  volume={182},
  pages={253 - 276}
}
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