The communist-led Xi Jinping Chinese Government has officially confirmed that they have now moved away from the policy of allowing couples to have one child to now two children, beginning January 1, 2016.
The Chinese lawmakers rubber-stamped the new legislation Sunday during a session of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, which governs the country’s laws, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
“The state advocates that one couple shall be allowed to have two children,” states the newly revised Law on Population and Family Planning.
This new move has effectively cast away the country’s infamous one-child policy that had been eased in recent years.
When news of the planned change to the law broke in October, the ruling Communist Party issued the following statement: “To promote a balanced growth of population, China will continue to uphold the basic national policy of population control and improve its strategy on population development.”
“China will fully implement the policy of ‘one couple, two children’ in a proactive response to the issue of an aging population.”
China currently has a population of more than 1.3 billion people. The government instituted a one-child per couple policy to curb its population growth in the 1970s.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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