China Abandons One-Child Family Policy


Beijing: China has abandoned its decades old one child policy, allowing two children for all couples, state news agency Xinhua reported.

The country’s ruling Communist Party announced that it was ending the three-decade-old policy at the end of their four day annual summit in Beijing. There has been speculation recently that the Communist Party would drop the policy, to boost the population and fend off an economic slowdown.

At the meeting, the party said that it would aim for “medium high” growth for the next five years. The government is aiming to focus growth on the country’s expanding middle class, rather than the investment and export led model that has delivered 10 per cent annual GDP growth for the last decade.

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