China has announced that it will allow each couple to have up to three children, marking the end of a strict two-child policy. According to state media Xinhua, the change was approved by President Xi Jinping at a politburo meeting
It comes after a once-in-a-decade census showed China’s population growing at its slowest rate in decades. This added pressure on Beijing to push through measures for couples to have more babies and prevent a population decline.
The census of China, released earlier this month, showed that around 12 million babies were born last year, a significant decrease from the 18 million in 2016, and the lowest number of births recorded since the 1960s. After the census results were released, it was widely expected that China would relax its family policy rules.