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China Might Further Relax One-Child Policy, Reuters Reports

“China will further ease its family planning laws after announcing last week that it would allow millions of families to have two children, a senior official from the government’s family planning commission said on Tuesday,” Reuters reports. In “the most significant relaxation of the one-child policy in nearly three decades,” officials last week announced the government “would allow couples in which one of the parents is an only child to have a second child,” the news agency notes. “Further easing of the laws could mean allowing all families to have two children, although the health ministry said … that could be disruptive,” Reuters writes. In a statement, health ministry Deputy Director Wang Peian said, “The basic policy of family planning will need to be upheld over the long term and we cannot rest up on this,” according to the news agency (Wee, 11/19).

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