China to put an end to one-child policy
The state-run Xinhua news agency in China has reported that the country is set to end its one-child policy. In a statement the Communist Party in China said that couples will now be allowed to have two children, bringing an end to the one-child policy that has been in place since 1979. The policy was introduced to help slow China’s rapid population growth, but with China now having an ageing population the Communist Party have made the decision to allow families to have two children.
The policy is estimated to have prevented around 400 million births, but with raised concerns about falling worker numbers in China the Communist Party was under pressure to make a change. The rules began to relax in 2013 when the Communist Party allowed couples to have a second child if one of the pair was an only child.
Despite the change in law it is expected that many Chinese families will still opt to only have one child, as it has become the social norm in China. Because of this, experts say that the new two-child policy will not boost the birth rate enough in China.