China has just announced that couples are permitted to have up to three children following a major policy shift due to a dramatic decline in births in the world’s most populous country.
The new policy is a shift that comes after a once-in-a-decade census showed that China’s population grew at its slowest pace in decades.
This added pressure on Beijing to boost measures for couples to have more babies and avert a population decline.
Back in 2016, China scrapped its decades-old one-child policy which was imposed to halt a population explosion.
Moreover, with a two-child limit, it has failed to result in a surge of births since the cost of raising children in Chinese cities was high and it deterred couples from starting families.
In fact, earlier this month, China’s once-in-a-decade census showed that the population in China was growing at the slowest rate ever since the 1950s and showing a fertility rate of 1.3 children per woman for 2020 alone, on par with aging societies like Japan and Italy.