No relaxation in China’s family planning policy soon

Beijing, March 8 (IANS) China’s family planning policy will not change in the near future, and there are no plans for a complete relaxation currently, a health official said on Tuesday.

Li Bin, head of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, made the remarks while addressing a press conference on the sidelines of the country’s annual legislative session, Xinhua news agency reported.

As of 2015, the Chinese population numbered 1.375 billion, compared to 320 million in the US, the world’s largest economy.

Li said China’s per capita economic output was “considerably low” as was the average living standard.

“Our resources pale in comparison with our vast population. Till this changes, we will continue with the current family planning policy,” she said.

“There is no timetable for the full relaxation of the policy, although, it will continue getting improved and adjusted,” she added.

China has allowed all married couples to have two children. This follows an earlier easing of the policy in 2013 that allowed couples to have a second child if either parent was an only child.

The latest change ended the “one child” policy since it was implemented in the late 1970s.

The two-child policy will see three million more children born in China every year.

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