The easing of China’s one-child policy is being welcomed on the streets of Beijing, amid growing concerns over who will take care of China’s aging population and keep the economy running. Gavino Garay reports.
Chinese welcome new two-child policy
It’s the dawning of a new day, and larger families in China.
Beijing has announced it will to allow couples to have two children, relaxing its decades-old ‘one child policy’, designed to prevent the population from spiraling out of control.
But the policy has also led to a shrinking labor force and an aging population, with a dwindling proportion of working adults to support them.
The change is being welcomed in Beijing.
(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) BEIJING RESIDENT, LIAO DAN DAN, SAYING:
“I think easing (of the one-child policy) now is appropriate timing. The issue of aging is rising, while the ratio of young people is decreasing. We all think the demographic structure has been improved gradually. Actually we need more young people, new born babies to improve the demographic structure. I think looking forward, the whole family planning policy will be lifted.”
Also lifted, many hope, will be the climate of fear the policy has produced.
Breaking the one-child policy meant a fine at minimum, job losses, and in some cased forced abortions.
The new rules are central to Communist party plan to maintain growth between 2016 and 2020, with larger – and more productive – families.