China’s Communist party has scrapped its one-child policy, allowing all couples to have two children for the first time in more than three decades
The underlying reasons centre around the country’s rapidly ageing population. The family planning policy was implemented between 1978 and 1980, and was supposedly supported by 76% of the Chinese population.
The policy allowed many exceptions and ethnic minorities were exempt. In 2007, 36% of China’s population was subject to a strict one-child restriction. An additional 53% were allowed to have a second child if the first child was a girl.
The recent news was broken by Xinhua, the official press agency for the People’s Republic of China.
It was assumed that by 2030, China – home to 1.3billion people – would become the world’s oldest society, so this may have come right on time.