China Debates New Two-child Policy

October 30, 2015 2:40 PM

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China’s decision to completely end the country’s one-child policy after three decades has gone viral online and stirred up a heated debate, with many Chinese complaining that the cost of raising one child is already too much to bear. Some said they would not support the policy, and others noted that the right to choose how many children a couple should have is a personal decision, not one the government or party should be making.

Chinese authorities need the policy change to be a success to compensate for the country’s massive gender divide and a shrinking workforce. China’s population is getting older, and the number of laborers is shrinking dramatically each year. Cultural preferences for boys and the one-child policy has ...

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