In China, surrogacy is not forbidden by law, but interestingly, it is not also expressly allowed. There are a host of stringent departmental rules set by the ministry of health, which seek to punish medical professionals who engage in surrogacy. However, it is crucial to note that engaging in surrogacy in this Asian country is not a criminal offense.
In practice, surrogacy arrangements are not new to the Chinese medical industry. There is an underground market for commercial surrogacy, which consists of hundreds of surrogacy agencies.
The state media has, however, reported in the past that the Chinese government is looking to make surrogate motherhood legal in a bid to deal with ageing and the shrinking workforce.