China has scrapped its controversial ‘two child’ policy and will now allow couples
to have three kids. … The two-child limit has failed to result in a sustained surge in
births as the high cost of raising kids in Chinese cities deterred many couples from
This comes after Beijing abolished its infamous ‘one child’ policy in 2016 which had
been in place since the late-1970s.
The two child limit has failed to result in a sustained surge in births as the high cost
of raising kids in Chinese cities deterred many couples from starting families.
“To further optimize the birth policy, (China) will implement a one-married-couple-can-
have-three-children policy,” state news agency Xinhua said in a report on the meeting.
The policy change will come with “supportive measures, which will be conducive to
improving our country’s population structure, fulfilling the country’s strategy of actively
coping with an aging population and maintaining the advantage, endowment of human
resources”, the report continues. It did not specify the support measures.
The announcement drew a chilly response on Chinese social media, where many people
said they could not afford to have even one or two children.
“I am willing to have three children if you give me 5 million yuan ($785,650),” one user
posted on Weibo
The BBC reports that a once-in-a-decade census showed that China’s population grew at
its slowest pace in years.