China Scraps One Child Policy To Further Raise Its Population

After 35 years, China has officially ended its one-child policy. Starting Jan. 1 next year, China will allow every couple to have two children.

As posted on DNA India, married couples shall be allowed to have two children effective next year but the new legislation shall impose still limits on additional births.

The announcement was made after a four-day Communist party summit in Beijing. At the summit, China's top leaders discussed financial reforms and issues on how to maintain economic growth.

It was on Sunday that the new legislation was rubber-stamped by Chinese lawmakers during a session of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, which governs the country's laws. This has then dismantled the country's infamous one-child policy.

About 90 million families may qualify for the new two-child policy. The new legislation would then help raise the population to an estimated 1.45 billion by 2030. China, being the world's most populated country, had a population of 1.37 billion last year.

Over the last three decades, China had harshly implemented the one child policy which then led to forced abortions and murders of many infants across the country.

But experts have said that the new legislation is likely a little too late to address China's alarming population crisis and that the Government was improbable to abolish restrictions for reproductive control due to a well-established bureaucratic concerns.

On the other hand, the abolition of one child policy would be China's remedy for its aging population. China can become the home of the most elderly populated country in just a span of 15 years. China as of today has a population of 400 million people aging sixty and above, as reported on CNN.

According to researchers, the aging population can and will greatly affect health care and social services. Moreover, China, being the second- largest economy, will have to struggle to maintain its economic growth.

 The move may be a great step of China regarding population but since it was declared, praises and criticisms had engulfed the new legislation.

Is the move really late to answer China's looming population crisis? Will this really address to China's economic problem? Share us your insights on the comments below.

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