China announces to end one-child policy

BEIJING – China will allow all couples to have two children, abandoning its decades-long one-child policy, the Communist Party of China announced after a key meeting on Thursday.

The change of policy is intended to balance population development and address the challenge of an ageing population, according to a communique issued after the meeting. However, the proposal must be approved by the top legislature before it is enacted.

China’s family planning policy was first introduced in the late 1970s to rein in the surging population by limiting most urban couples to one child and most rural couples to two children, if the first child born was a girl.

 

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