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China Considers Ending Birth Limits as Soon as This Year

  • Plans to scrap controversial policy after about four decades
  • Births fall despite 2015 decision to let parents have two kids
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China is said to be planning to get rid of the law that says families can only have two children. (Source: Bloomberg)
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China is planning to scrap all limits on the number of children a family can have, according to people familiar with the matter, in what would be a historic end to a policy that spurred countless human-rights abuses and left the world’s second-largest economy short of workers.

The State Council, China’s cabinet, has commissioned research on the repercussions of ending the country’s roughly four-decade-old policy and intends to enact the change nationwide, said the people, who asked not to be named while discussing government deliberations. The leadership wants to reduce the pace of aging in China’s population and remove a source of international criticism, one of the people said.