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China Considering Financial Rewards to Encourage Second Children

  • Government abandoned decades-old one-child policy in late 2015
  • Subsidies weighed to help increase birthrate, China Daily says
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China is weighing subsidies for couples who have a second child to help increase the birthrate after authorities scrapped a decades-old one-child policy in 2015, official media reported.

The government is considering measures such as "birth rewards and subsidies" to help encourage more people to have another child, Wang Peian, vice-minister of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, said at a conference on Saturday, according to a report Tuesday by the state-run China Daily.