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End of China's one-child policy fails to ignite baby boom - one year on

The high cost of living, healthcare and education are main stumbling blocks

According to the UN, in just more than a generation, China will be as old as Japan. The labour force would be predicted to fall to under 750 million by 2050, compared with approximately 800 million under the two-child policy. Avoiding a labour shortage was one of the reasons the policy was abolished.


EVER since the birth of her first child 10 years ago, Xiao Chen, a 35-year-old sales manager of a furniture retail chain in Beijing has wanted a second child.

Today, after the abolition of the controversial one-child policy a year ago, she is still weighing her options: the...

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