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End of an era as China scraps one-child policy

Historic change but economists doubt new policy will quickly redress population imbalance

China had hoped the 2013 relaxation of its family-planning policies would produce 2 million new births, but official demographic figures show that only 1 million extra babies have been born since 2013.


CHINA has officially ended its one- child policy, according to a communiqué issued at the close of the fifth plenum of the Communist Party's Central Committee on Thursday night.

"China will allow all couples to have two children, abandoning its decades-long one-child policy

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