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Only 1/10th Chinese couples had 2nd child after policy relaxed

Only one-tenth of couples in China opted for a second child after the limited relaxation of its controversial one-child policy, prompting the government to take a re-look at addressing the country’s looming demographic crisis.

A mere one million parents, or one-tenth of couples meeting the policy conditions, opted for a second child in 2014, Liu Binjie, head of the Education, Science, Culture and Public Health Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), said today. Only 470,000 couples among them were able to have second babies, showing that quality, rather than quantity, have become the consensus of the people’s family planning strategy, Liu said at a press conference on the sidelines of the ongoing annual session of the NPC, China’s legislature.

China is assessing the adjustment made to the one-child policy to decide whether further adjustment of birth policies are needed to address the change in population growth in the world’s most populous nation.


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