Category: Two-Child Policy

China: The two-child policy

By Li Shimin

He Xiao Yong, a teacher at Jinan University, has been married for more than seven years. In 2011, his wife Lei Ming gave birth to a child. Now his son is nearly seven years old. Seeing that many of their friends have chosen to have a second baby, the couple is discussing whether they should have a second child, too.

China put an end to the 35-year-old One-Child Policy and enacted Two-Child Policy on Jan. 1, 2016. Since the new policy began, the number of new births has increased a lot. In 2016, the number of new-born babies was about 17.9 million, increasing by 11 percent compared to 2015. Among the new-born babies, 45 percent of them are the second kid in the family.

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