It is kind of odd that you haven't encountered its effects more if your experience from China comes from business trips, since the policy is much more widely enforced in commercial centers, unless we're talking Hong Kong or Macau, to which it doesn't apply at all.
The one-child policy is designed to curb overpopulation in crowded urban areas. There are a lot of exceptions to it, and it only applies to about 36% of the population currently. It's still a very non-good thing, but there's no logical leap from it to grinding infants into pills.
36% of the population? From some of the rhetoric I hear you would think women have to report monthly to some official to bleed for them or be executed.
I've never looked into it, cause I can only know everything about only so much. And China is a blind spot I don't mind having.
You would be hard pressed to find a dollar figure that get me to travel to China.
However, Chinese who come here, the many emails, phone meetings, video meetings, blah, blah, blah with Chinese who work throughout China are who I am talking about.
And living in a Chinese ghetto for a while here in the States and traveling along the "Chinese Underground Railroad" a lot exposed me to many Chinese who simply defied the "one child rule" I hear a lot about.
Again, I pray I never end up in China or really any part of Asia. No desire.
Pretty much, the only places on earth I would ever want to live in, if given the opportunity, are Argentina and Iceland.
That's about it. Traveling is for the birds. And I have lived like a nomad for too much of my life.
A car ride longer than 20 minutes causes me enormous agita anymore.