China To Allow More Parents To Have Two Children
Officials say parents who are themselves only children will be allowed more than one child, saying the country has achieved its low birth rate goals.By Matt Moreno | December 24, 2013
China's controversial one-child policy will be revised in the New Year, allowing more parents to have up to two children.
Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua reports parents will now be able to have two children if one of the parents is an only child. Li Bin, minister in charge of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, said, "It is the right time to make changes. The low birth rate is stable, the working population [is] still large and the burden of supporting the elderly remains relatively light."
Changes to the one-child policy were announced last month and the official revision is expected to take place early next year.