China allows couples to have 3 children

New Delhi : China on Monday further relaxed its family planning policy, supporting couples who wish to have three children.

The policy shift was approved by President Xi Jinping in a politbureau meeting, state media said.

In 2016, China had scrapped its decades-old one-child policy, replacing it with a two-child limit that has failed to lead to a sustained rise in births.

The government’s latest population policy move, Xinhua said, will come with “supportive measures, which will be conducive to improving our country’s population structure, fulfilling the country’s strategy of actively coping with an ageing population and maintaining the advantage, endowment of human resources”.

The policy change was widely expected after the census data results were released earlier this month.

The showed that around 12 million babies were born last year — a significant decrease from the 18 million in 2016, and the lowest number of births recorded since the 1960s.

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