Sunday, 20 October, 2019

China to ease one-child policy early next year

Students play next to a portrait of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin at the Democracy Elementary and Middle School in Sitong town,   Henan province December 3,   2013. REUTERS/Carlos BarriaChanges 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. The move is part of a plan to raise fertility rates and ease the financial burden on China's rapidly ageing population. China's largely rubber-stamp parliament, the National People's Congress, is expected to formally approve the new policy later this week.

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