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China has ended its decades-long one-child policy to allow all couples to have two children. The ruling Communist Party China made the announcement Thursday. The one-child policy, officially called the family planning policy, was a population control measure that was introduced 1979. Policy makers hoped to restrict the country's surging population and therefore control rates poverty. It wasn't adhered to strictly and many exceptions were allowed. 2007, 36 per cent China's population was subject to a strict one-child restriction. An additional 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 fertility rate.

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

 
 

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