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China will officially end its longstanding one-child policy and allow couples to have two children, state media reported.
The policy was first implemented in 1980 as a means of curbing the country's rapidly growing population. Chinese families who disobey the policy can be subject to large fines.
China first announced changes to the law in 2013, allowing couples to have two children if one of the parents was an only child. Activists have campaigned against the policy in recent years amid fears that country's aging population will leave huge gaps in the workforce.
Human rights groups have also opposed the policy over allegations that it has led to forced birth control and abortions. The phenomenon was highlighted last month after a Chinese newspaper reported that one woman was being pressured into having an abortion when eight months pregnant her second child.
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
a reply to: Athetos
That's a lot of assumptions you got going on there. What makes you think the South China Sea dispute will result in WW3? It hasn't yet.
originally posted by: Athetos
Well regardless of their reasoning it's a step in the right direction. They have several generations of males that will never find a mate because there simply arnt any there.
If it reduces forced abortion I am all for it.
a reply to: Krazysh0t