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Sep 11, 2018 07:31 PM
POLITICS & LAW

China Imagines Future Without Birth Restrictions

A mother takes her two children to a park in the northeastern city of  Shenyang in February 2016. Photo: IC
A mother takes her two children to a park in the northeastern city of Shenyang in February 2016. Photo: IC

China has scrapped several family planning government departments, fueling speculation that the country may be on the verge of ending its decades-old restrictions on family size.

The National Health Commission is replacing three offices that had “family planning” in their names with a new “population monitoring and family development” office, according to a plan announced on Sunday.

Chinese social media users immediately began predicting that the changes were a sign the government will abolish its existing two-child limit for married couples, and even switch soon to a policy of promoting multiple births.

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