China Scraps It’s Two-Child Policy

China Scraps It’s Two-Child Policy

  02 Jun 2021

Married couples in China are now allowed to have up to three children. The major announcement is a big shift from the existing two-child limit. It comes after recent data showed a sharp decline in births in the nation.

Beijing got rid of the decades-old one-child policy in 2016 and replaced it with a two-child limit in an effort to save its economy from a rapidly aging population. However, that failed to result in a sustained surge in births given the high cost of raising children in Chinese cities.

The policy change will come with “supportive measures, which will be conducive to improving our country’s population structure, fulfilling the country’s strategy of actively coping with an ageing population”, the official Xinhua news agency said after a meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping.

Among those supportive measures are lower educational costs for families, more tax and housing support, focus on the legal interests of working women, and a crackdown on “sky-high” dowries. It would also try to educate young people “on marriage and love.”

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