London Independent
December 28, 2013

The founder of communist China, Mao Zedong, is featured predominantly on Chinese fiat currency. Credit: Jason Wesley Upton via Flickr
The founder of communist China on Chinese currency. Credit: Jason Wesley Upton via Flickr

State media says China’s top legislature has sanctioned the ruling Communist Party’s decision to allow couples to have a second child if one parent is an only child.

It is the first major easing in three decades of the restrictive national birth planning policy.

Implemented around 1980, China’s birth policy has limited most couples to only one child, but has allowed a second child if neither parent has siblings or if the first born to a rural couple is a girl.

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