Chinese authorities plan to further ease birth restrictions, possibly removing them all by 2025, Dow Jones reported, citing people he has not identified who are familiar with the case.
Authorities are likely to begin by removing restrictions in provinces with the lowest birth rates, the news agency reported. Plans being developed would include policies to explicitly encourage childbirth, he said.
Beijing last month eased a previous limit of two children, allowing all couples to have a third child as it tries to slow the decline in the country’s birth rate. However, economists and demographers say reforms are too little too late and will not be able to prevent a possible decline in the population.
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Central bank researchers earlier this year called for birth limits to be abolished entirely. The debate intensified after the results of China’s latest national census showed the lowest number of births in nearly 60 years last year and a decline in the country’s working-age population over the past decade.
– With the help of Nasreen Seria