China announces three-child policy as part of major policy change
Children visit a museum ahead of International Museum Day on May 17, 2021 in Huzhou, China’s Zhejiang Province.
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China announced Monday that each couple would be allowed to have up to three children, a major policy change from the current limit of two children after recent data showed a dramatic drop in births in the most populous country of the world.
The change was approved at a political bureau meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
In 2016, China scrapped its decades-old one-child policy – initially imposed to stop a population explosion – with a limit of two children, which has not resulted in a sustained increase in births as the the high cost of educating children in Chinese cities deterred him. many couples from founding families.
Earlier this month, China’s once-a-decade census showed that the population had grown at its slowest rate in the past decade since the 1950s, with data showing a fertility rate of 1, 3 children per woman for 2020 only, on par with the aging of societies. like Japan and Italy.