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China to ease one-child policy early next year

Public Policy

Beijing said last month it would allow millions of families to have two children, the most radical relaxation of its strict one-child policy in close to three decades.

Changes to China’s strict one-child policy, which will allow more parents to have a second child, will begin to roll out early next year, state media said.

The policy change is expected to go into force in some areas of China in the first quarter of 2014, Yang Wenzhuang, a director at the National Health and Family Planning Commission, told the official Xinhua news agency. Beijing said last month it would allow millions of families to have two children, the most radical relaxation of its strict one-child policy in close to three decades.

The move is part of a plan to raise fertility rates and ease the financial burden on China’s rapidly ageing population. Authorities were in the process of calculating the number of eligible couples, Yang said. China’s largely rubber-stamp parliament, the National People’s Congress, is expected to formally approve the new policy later this week. The policy move has buoyed baby-related stocks and has seen a rush for fertility-boosting products.

China would eventually scrap family planning restrictions, but was unlikely to abandon its family planning policy in the near term, a senior official said last month. Xinhua cited members of parliament debating the easing of the rules on Tuesday as saying that it was important the country continues to enforce family planning and that people who violate the rules are punished.

“China still has a large population. This has not changed. Many of our economic and social problems are rooted in this reality,” Xinhua quoted member of parliament Jiang Fan as saying. “We could not risk letting the population grow out of control.” China, with nearly 1.4 billion people, is the world’s most populous country. The government says the policy of limiting families to one child, which covers 63 per cent of the population, has averted 400 million births since 1980.

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5 Comments on "China to ease one-child policy early next year"

  1. steveo on Tue, 24th Dec 2013 1:24 pm 

    Just in time for peak food production.

    The black horseman will ride.

  2. Kenz300 on Tue, 24th Dec 2013 4:18 pm 

    China has raised the standard of living for its people and have dropped their level of poverty by reducing family size and increasing family planning programs……..

    In the rest of the developing world, the worlds poorest people are having the most children. They have not figured out the connection between their poverty and family size.

    Endless population growth is not sustainable.

  3. Makati1 on Wed, 25th Dec 2013 1:19 am 

    Again…

    If Westerners lived only on what they NEED and not what they WANT, poverty would not exist. DO you really understand the dynamics of poverty Kenz? I doubt it.

    Families would not need 6 kids to make sure one lives long enough to take care of them in old age. China is finding out that there are too many old people with out anyone to support them BECAUSE of the ‘one child’ law of the past. They fixed one problem with a worse one. Typical of governments everywhere.

  4. Kenz300 on Wed, 25th Dec 2013 3:47 am 

    If you can not provide for yourself you can not provide for a child.

    Watching your child starve to death because you can not provide for them makes no sense.

  5. Makati1 on Wed, 25th Dec 2013 10:09 am 

    Kenz, go and live in the countries you like to complain about for a year. Not in some ‘tourist district’ but in the real world. You may better understand. It is the West that is destroying the world, not the 3rd world.

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