China has just announced that it will change the one child per household limit to a two child per household limit, “To promote a balanced growth of population, China will continue to uphold the basic national policy of population control and improve its strategy on population development,” Xinhua reported, citing a communique issued by the ruling Communist Party. “China will fully implement the policy of ‘one couple, two children’ in a proactive response to the issue of an aging population.” China, a nation of 1.3 billion people, began its birthrate restriction policy in the 1970s, in response to a rapidly multiplying population and resorted to strict measures when citizens did not abide by the one-child per household policy. Though the policy is a step in the right direction, many do not believe it is good enough. In opposition to this announcement, China researcher William Nee commented, “The state has no business regulating how many children people have.” The policy will need to be approved by China’s top legislature before it can officially be enacted.
Contributor: Phoebe Roe