100 mil­lion cou­ples el­i­gi­ble for sec­ond child

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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