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Traitor Treated to Lunch as One-Child China Seen Softening

When Yi Fuxian spoke out against China’s one-child policy three years ago, he says local officials in his home town in Hunan called him a “national traitor.” On his latest visit, they bought him lunch.

“At first only Chinese peasants were on my side, now an increasing number of Chinese intellectuals are with me,” Yi, 43, now a University of Wisconsin scientist, said in an interview in Beijing. He gave 23 talks at universities and forums in China in May and June opposing the policy. Yi Qiming, the Tangwan township head, declined to comment on the lunch.