China relaxes one-child policy

Not one but two kids Chinese families are allowed to have, since of today. Chinese government scraped the long- one child policy allowing the couples to have two children. The repercussions of such a policy change are unknown as of yet.

After a four-day meeting the China communist party issued a communique, taking into consideration the course of the country for the next five years.
The one-kid policy has been put in place for the last thirty years. Meanwhile it was considered controversial since there have been many abortions, an issue that raised critics by activists.

The country gave the limited relaxation to the policy, adopting the policy adjustment at the end of 2013 in a major change on the family planning policy that has been blamed for the country’s looming demographic crisis.

According to United Nations estimates, China will have nearly 440 million people aged over 60 by 2050.

China introduced its family planning policy in the late 1970s to rein in population growth by limiting most urban couples to one child and most rural couples to two, allowing the birth of a second child only if the first child was a girl.

China, also the world’s second largest economy, is the most populous country with a population of over 1.3 billion people.