Children visit a museum for International Museum Day on May 17, 2021 in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.
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China announced on Monday that each couple can have a maximum of three children, a major policy shift from the existing two-child limit after recent data showed a dramatic drop in births in the world’s most populous country.
The change was approved at a politburo meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
In 2016, China dropped its decades-old one-child policy – initially imposed to stop a population explosion – with a limit of two children, which did not result in a sustained rise in the number of births given the high cost of raising children in China. scare cities. many couples from starting families.
Early this month, China’s Once in a Decade Census showed that the population grew the slowest in the last decade since the 1950s, with data showing a fertility rate of 1.3 children per woman in 2020 alone, on par with the aging societies. such as Japan and Italy.