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China considers loosening one-child policy

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China considers loosening one-child policy

<p>China’s one-child policy could soon change. The country of 1.3 billion people introduced its family planning rule in the late 1970s to control population growth. </p> <p>Today, one in ten Chinese citizens is 65 or older. That proportion is expected to rise to about one-third by 2050 if China maintains its current policy. </p> <p>In the meantime the working population is also aging, as Professor Wang Jun from Sun Yat-Sen University explained.</p> <p>“Migrant workers and others in the working population are also aging, which may affect our country’s economic vitality. The situation can be improved to a certain extent by changing the birth policy,” he said.</p> <p>A policy change two years ago allowed couples to have a second child if either parent was an only child. </p> <p>Authorities guessed about two million more babies would be born annually, but the actual increase last year was only half a million. Many parents said they could not afford a second baby.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="es"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Wanna know what China's gonna do? Best pay attention to the 十三五! See why it matters<br /> <a href="https://t.co/SgBls5S35A">https://t.co/SgBls5S35A</a></p>— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/XHNews/status/658837440375844864">octubre 27, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>