700,000 cou­ples seek sec­ond child

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

About 700,000 Chi­nese cou­ples in which one of the part­ners is an only child ap­plied to have a sec­ond child by the end of Au­gust, and 620,000 of them got a per­mit, the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion said.

That’s far fewer than pre­vi­ous es­ti­mates by the au­thor­ity, which put the an­nual births in­crease due to the pol­icy change at more than 2 mil­lion.

More than 11 mil­lion cou­ples be­came el­i­gi­ble to have a sec­ond baby after the coun­try de­cided in Novem­ber to ease the fam­ily plan­ning rules by al­low­ing cou­ples to have a sec­ond child if one of the par­ents is an only child. Pre­vi­ously, both the hus­band and wife had to be an only child if they wanted a sec­ond child.

The re­lax­ation aims to ad­dress a rapidly ag­ing so­ci­ety and to main­tain a sus­tain­able la­bor sup­ply.

To date, all Chi­nese prov­ince level ar­eas ex­cept the Xin­jiang Uygur and Ti­bet au­ton­o­mous re­gions have im­ple­mented the new pol­icy.

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