No baby boom from eas­ing of China’s one-child pol­icy

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - WORLD -

BEIJING: Chi­nese health of­fi­cials say only 700,000 newly-qual­i­fied cou­ples have ap­plied for hav­ing a sec­ond child this year, far be­low ear­lier es­ti­mates that an eas­ing in the coun­try’s birth pol­icy would add 1 mil­lion to 2 mil­lion ex­tra births per year in the first few years. Zhao Yan­pei, a se­nior of­fi­cial, said the num­ber has been lower than ex­pected but said it is too early to con­clude how the new pol­icy would af­fect China’s birth rate.

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