China's Infamous One-Child Policy to Change
And a controversial detention policy will end
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2013 6:49 AM CST
Updated Nov 15, 2013 7:49 AM CST
In this Oct. 15, 2008 file photo, a baby drinks milk from a bottle at home in Yongan, in eastern China's Shandong province.   (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

(Newser) – "Loosen," "ease" and "relax": Those are the verbs being used to describe what's happening to China's one-child policy. According to the official Xinhua news agency, as long as one parent in a couple is an only child, that couple will now be allowed to have two children, the Wall Street Journal reports. The current policy allows couples in some cities to have a second child if both parents are only children, and lets rural families have two kids if the first is a girl, explains the BBC. That 30-year-old policy has come under fire recently, BusinessWeek reports, as critics say it has led to an aging population and decreasing workforce (which do no favors to China economically), and an uneven gender ratio—not to mention citizens just don't like it.

Earlier this week, an official promised the government would "fine-tune" the policy, but warned that the country needed to maintain a "low birth rate." The current policy has led to an average of 1.6 children per family—2.1 children per family generally accepted as the figure needed to maintain a steady population, explains BusinessWeek. Another change announced today: China will end a controversial "re-education through labor" policy that allowed people to be detained in labor camps for up to four years without a trial.

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Dec 18, 2013 11:22 PM CST
All children should have at least a brother, some governments are still living in stone age, need to wake up!!
Ezekiel 25:17
Nov 16, 2013 4:55 PM CST
You have had the option of having more than one child but you loose your qualification for the US equivalent of Section-8, PANF, SSi, AFDC, Medicaid, etc. Its called The Communist Party in China and if you broke the rule, your party membership was revoked. It means you no longer got commodity rice and grains, had to move out of public housing, and could not hold any offices. China is a dream state for Wendy Davis because abortion is rampant to satisfy the rule. China encourages free abortions so that the resulting products can be sold to western labs for pharmaceutical harvesting, the biggest being neurology meds. Fetal abortion stem cells are preferred form of stem cells for use in western medicine therapies for stroke, Alzheimers, dementia, and brain injuries. China clears a nice profit from providing the abortions en masse, a.k.a Wendy Davis style.
Nov 16, 2013 11:19 AM CST
(R) 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: We are please to China reforms his "One-Child" policy, so that the mainland China's pregnant women will not come to the United States and over stay illegally to give birth her baby to become an US citizen in California or New York City. Our US Congress and Senate know this trick because Obama-(Hillary) Clinton visa-policy which create whole streets are China's pregnant women and Asian Indians everywhere.