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China Mulls Incentives to Entice Parents to Have Second Child

By Sheng Menglu and Li Rongde
Children play in the park in Huai'an, Jiangsu province, in July 2015. Members of the National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference are calling for tax breaks and other incentives for couples to have a second baby. Photo: IC
Children play in the park in Huai'an, Jiangsu province, in July 2015. Members of the National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference are calling for tax breaks and other incentives for couples to have a second baby. Photo: IC

(Beijing) — Delegates to China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) and the top government advisory body, both now meeting in Beijing, have proposed allowances and tax breaks for couples willing to have more children in order to encourage more births and tackle the problems of an increasingly aging population.

The proposals come after the number of babies born under the nation’s new two-child policy — in place since the beginning of 2016 — appears not to be enough to increase or even sustain the country’s population of 1.4 billion.

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