Tian Liang attends a promotional event in March for a film in which he features. (File Photo/CFP)
Tian Liang, a former diver for China's national team who won two Olympic gold medals, is to be fined 2 million yuan (US$317,000) for violating the country's one-child policy.
The total fines accumulated for having more than one child have exceeded 27.9 billion yuan (US$4.4 billion) per year, but there is much speculation as to where this money goes, reports the Taiwan-based Broadcasting Corporation of China.
According to Chinese law, those who violate the policy will have to pay a fine of "social fostering fees" multiplied by three to six times based on their annual income if their second child has lived in the country for 18 months. Tian Liang, who won gold medals at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, will thus need to pay a fine of up to 2 million yuan based on his annual income for his second child, who was born in Hong Kong.
Yang Zhizhu, a professor at the China Youth University For Political Sciences, paid 240,000 yuan (US$38,000) for having a second child in 2009. Despite the fine and the threat of unemployment that came with it, he said he never regretted his decision to have a second child.
Yang said that about 80% of the fines levied to offenders goes into the pockets of the population and family commissions of local governments, mainly to "encourage" the committee members.
Tian Liang 田亮
Yang Zhizhu 楊支柱