100 million couples eligible for second child
About 100 million Chinese couples will be eligible to have a second child when Beijing further relaxes the national onechild birth rule, a top Chinese population scientist estimated.
Yuan Xin, a scientist at Nankai University in Tianjin who sits on an expert panel of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, offered the projection in an interview with China Daily.
The central government initially eased the family planning policy in late 2013, allowing couples to have a second child in situations where one spouse was an only child. As of June, only 1.5 million of the 11 million eligible couples had applied for a second child.
No specific date for an announcement on further changes to the rule has been scheduled, but many pundits have suggested it was likely to come soon.