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Having another child? Pay up, says China

Kids born outside China can trigger firings and "social maintenance fees"
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Nurses carry 30-day-old quadruplets, two baby girls and two baby boys, in east China's Jiangsu province on August 17 , 2011 (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinese women going to the U.S. to give birth — an increasingly popular trend — have been warned.

If the foreign-born baby is your second kid, thus violating China's one-child policy, they face huge fines.

Civil servants who sneak off to have a second kid can be fired.

According to the state-run China Daily newspaper, the government can fine couples up to 10 times their province's annual per capita income.

But that's unlikely to bankrupt China's wealthy who, according to China Daily, are spending roughly $23,000 to have kids in the U.S. and score American citizenship for their child.

"We have a constantly rising number of customers, including some famous entertainers, and many of them are having their second child in the US," said a manager at an agency that shuttles China's rich and pregnant to the U.S.

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