Nationwide 2-Child Policy Coming; Birth Rate Will Still Drop

China Daily: Nationwide two-child policy expected soon
Yang Wenzhuang, director of the family planning grassroots guidance department under the National Health and Family Planning Commission, said the relaxation of the family planning policy in 2013, which allows couples with one spouse being an only child to have a second child, helped lay a solid foundation for future adjustments to the birth rules.

The number of couples who qualify is about 11 million, with nearly 70 percent of them born after 1980, Yang said.

Largely due to the policy relaxation, China had 16.8 million new births last year, 470,000 more than 2013, statistics from the National Health and Family Planning Commission show. Yang expected a bigger increase this year.

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