After 35 years, China has scrapped its one-child policy, allowing all couples to have two children for the first time since draconian family planning rules were introduced 1979.
The announcement followed a four-day Communist party summit in Beijing where China’s top leaders debated financial reforms and how to maintain growth at a time of heightened concerns about the economy.
China will “fully implement a policy of allowing each couple to have two children as an active response to an ageing population”, – roughly 30 percent of Chinese residents are over the age of 50. Xinhua, the official news agency reports.
“The change of policy is intended to balance population development and address the challenge of an ageing population,” China, the world's most populous nation with 1.4 billion people, announced in 2013 that couples could have two children if one of the parents was a single child themselves.
Xinhua news reports that all couples will now be allowed to have two children. The move comes in response to increasing concern over China's aging population