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China could be one step closer to scrapping its controversial childbirth limits

BEIJING — China may be one step nearer to abandoning its controversial policy of restricting childbirth.

The central bank released a paper late Wednesday suggesting the country remove limits on how many children people can have, suggesting that China should “fully liberalize and encourage childbirth.”

As China’s population began aging, Chinese authorities began several years ago to roll back the decades-old “one-child policy” and allow people to have two children. But births continued to fall, dropping 15% in 2020 in a fourth-straight year of decline.

achieve the long-term goals in 2035, China should fully liberalize and encourage childbirth, and sweep off difficulties (women face) during pregnancy, childbirth, and kindergarten and school enrollment by all means (possible),” four central bank researchers wrote in the English-language abstract to a working paper.

The 22-page document was dated March 26 and shared publicly on Wednesday.


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