China Is Preparing to 'Fine-Tune' Its One-Child Policy

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Among the many reform hopes bandied about in the runup to China’s Third Plenum, one was that Beijing would move decisively toward abandoning its long-outdated one-child policy. So far there’s no evidence that has happened. Indeed, just one day before the party confab closed on Nov. 12, a Chinese official came out apparently cautioning those who expect rapid progress. China plans to “fine-tune” its 30-year-old one-child policy, according to National Health and Family Planning Commission spokesman Mao Chun’an. Yet “any step taken must serve to maintain a low birth rate while satisfying individual families’ desire to have more children,” Mao said on Nov. 11, reported the China Daily.

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