Seems like I'm never able to do well in this game unless I kill of a large part of the population of China and India.
Starting off with a one child policy seems like it is not enough to avert a financial collapse caused by the lack of resources. What I end up doing is skipping the one child policy until after I use gene plagues.
I'll usually start down the road at the beginning of the game in china, start using disinformation as soon as I get the card then Gene-Plague Alpha as soon as I can at the same turn build a political office (this is all you need to deploy developed bio-weapons in another country) in India. The next turn I'll use Gene-Plague Beta in India. After a couple more turns I'll use Gene-Plague Beta in China.