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China Is Dropping Its One-Child Policy

After more than three decades of imposing a limit of one child per family, China is allowing all couples to have two children.

By Jake Godin | October 29, 2015

After more than three decades, China is dropping its one-child policy. 

That's according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency, which reports that all couples can now have two children. No other information was provided. 

The one-child policy was originally implemented in 1980 as an answer to China's mounting population growth. (Video via NBC)

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It worked, and China's birth rate dropped from 2.7 births per woman in 1981 to just 1.6 births in 2015

The policy was previously relaxed in 2013, allowing couples to have a second child if either of them were a single child themselves. 

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