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China has ended its -long one-child to allow all couples to have two children. The ruling Communist Party of China made the on Thursday. The one-child policy, officially called the planning policy, was a population control that was introduced in 1979. Policy makers hoped to restrict the country's population and therefore control of poverty. It wasn't adhered to strictly and many exceptions were allowed. In 2007, around 36 per cent of China's population was subject to a one-child restriction. An 53 per cent was allowed to have a second child if the first child was a girl. The new two-child policy will reverse China's very low rate.

The new two-child policy is expected to provide a economic boost for China and prevent it from developing into an ageing . China’s labour reached a peak of 940 million in 2012. However, this decreased to 930 million in 2014 and was expected to fall by 29 million by 2020. Predictions from Peking University are that there will be an of 2.5 million extra newborns per . This will result in more workers and an additional $11.8 billion in consumption. Shares in many international baby goods jumped by over 10 per cent after the was announced. The new policy will affect around 100 million .

 
 

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