China ends decades old “one child” policy, now they can have two

Oct 30, 2015 (LBO) – China’s Communist Party has ended a decades-old ‘one child’ policy and married couples will now be allowed to have two children.

This changes Deng Xiaoping’s policy from the late 1970s which was needed to ensure that “the fruits of economic growth are not devoured by population growth.”

The Chinese government eased its one-child policy in 2013, but the state news media reported on Thursday that Beijing was abandoning the policy completely.

Ending the one-child policy would “increase labor supply and ease pressures from an aging population,” the National Health and Family Planning Commission, which enforces the policy, said in a statement.

“This will benefit sustained and healthy economic development,” the commission said.