Asia-Pacific

Nov 12, 2012

And then there were two: China moves to ease one child policy

As China's political elite meets to select its new leaders, momentum is growing for the one child policy to be eased. But Paul Pennay, a Beijing-based freelance reporter, says reform may have downsides.

Most Chinese people of a certain age can effortlessly reel off a ditty Communist Party officials devised to help sell the ambitious one child policy: "It's good to only have one child; we advocate late marriage, late birth, good-quality birth, and good-quality child-nurturing."

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