After revealing in December that well-known director Zhang Yimou (張藝謀) violated China’s One-Child Policy by fathering three children, the One-Child Policy Department of Wuxi levied a fine of 7.48 million RMB, approximately equal to 1.2 million USD.
Last month, Zhang and his wife, Chen Ting (陳婷), issued a public apology for their violation of the One-Child Policy. Many people began discussing how much the couple would be fined for their wrongdoing. The fine is calculated based on the parents’ income in comparison to the average annual salary of their city of residence.
Although Zhang’s wife, is registered as a resident of Wuxi’s Binhu District, the family actually lives in Beijing and is considered part of China’s floating population. As a result, the One-Child Policy Department needed to determine which city and district should handle this affair. In July 2013, the higher authorities determined that the family would be considered residents of the Binhu District.
Zhang’s three children were born in 2001, 2004, and 2006, which meant his income from each previous year would decide the amount of the fine. According to investigations, Zhang brought in only 2760 RMB in 2000, which he attributes to the “unfixed income” of a film director, but made more than 1 million RMB in 2003 and 2005. Chen did not have any income those three years.
Because of the severity of Zhang’s violation of the One-Child Policy, the department decided to include an additional fee for his second and third child, in that the amount of his income that surpasses the average disposable income would be doubled and added to the fine. According to their calculations, Zhang’s actual fine will amount to 7,487,854 RMB.
Zhang and Chen have thirty days to pay the fine, though they also have the option of filing a court petition or an administrative review if they disagree with the amount. If the couple fails to meet the deadline, they will be charged a late fee and will have to apply for compulsory implementation.
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.