Two-child pol­icy ex­pected to start

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

China will prob­a­bly in­tro­duce an over­all two-child pol­icy in one or two years, as the top pop­u­la­tion au­thor­ity said the gov­ern­ment would keep fine­tun­ing birth rules to en­sure a sus­tain­able and bal­anced pop­u­la­tion growth.

Yang Wen­zhuang, di­rec­tor of the fam­ily plan­ning grass­roots guid­ance depart­ment un­der the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, said the re­lax­ation of the fam­ily plan­ning pol­icy in 2013, which al­lows cou­ples with one spouse be­ing an only child to have a sec­ond child, helped lay a solid foun­da­tion for fu­ture ad­just­ments to the birth rules.

The num­ber of cou­ples who qual­ify is about 11 mil­lion, with nearly 70 per­cent of them born af­ter 1980, Yang said.

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