No plan yet for couples to have as many kids as they want: official

Li Bin, a top health official said Tuesday that China’s family planning policy will not change in the foreseeable future, and there are no plans for a complete relaxation currently.

As of 2015, the Chinese population stood at 1.375 billion, compared to 320 million in the United States, the world’s largest economy.

SOUNDBITE: Li Bin, Head of China’s Health & Family Planning Commission
“China’s per capita economic output was ‘considerably low’ as was the average living standard. Our resources pale in comparison with our vast population. Until this changes, we will continue with the current family planning policy. There is no timetable for a full relaxation of the policy although it will continue to be improved and adjusted.”

China this year allowed all married couples to have two children.

This follows an earlier easing of the policy in 2013 that allowed couples to have a second child if either parent was an only child.

The latest change ended the “one child” policy since it was implemented in the late 1970s.

And 3 million more children are expected to be born in China every year after the policy change.

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