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China ends one-child policy for all families
The Communist Party has lifted the one-child policy for all families in China. Now all families will be allowed to have two children.
In 2013, Beijing softened the rule, allowing urban families to apply for the right to have a second child if both parents were only children and if their first child was a girl. Rural families have long enjoyed the "girl" exemption.
The restrictions date back to 1979 when China was worried about overpopulation.
The official government Xinhua news agency reported the announcement on Thursday at the conclusion of the plenum that meets every five years, saying the move was made to correct an imbalance in the population, the South China Morning Post reports. China has a shortage of women and its population is aging.
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