China relaxes family family planning rules, allows couples to have 3 children

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China is relaxing its policy and allowing couples to have up to three in .

The Politburo the Communist decided at a meeting in Beijing on such “optimization ’’ would help improve the population structure, in the country.

The official Xinhua news agency reported this was against the backdrop the unexpectedly massive decline in the rate and the rapid ageing society due to COVID.

The decision came just three weeks after the publication of the latest census, which showed the world’s most populous country being threatened to shrink in a few years.

Experts cited the decades- one- policy, which was only abolished in 2015, as well as the costs of housing and education as reasons.

Many have also become accustomed to having only one , they said.

In the past 10 years, China’s population has grown by only 0.53 per cent annually to just 1.4 billion people the slowest pace in decades.

The one- policy had been in place since 1979 was abolished in 2015 and replaced by a -child policy.

However, the turnaround had only led to a slight increase in births in 2016. Since then, the number has fallen every year.