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article imageThink tank calls for end of China's one-child policy

By Steve Hayes     Oct 31, 2012 in World
Beijing - As China heads for its once in a decade leadership change, an influential think tank has called on the Communist Party to abandon its one-child policy.
Xinhua, an official news agency, reports that the China Development Research Foundation has produced a report highly critical of China's population policy.
The report, which has yet to be published, argues the so called one child policy has created social conflict, high administrative costs, gender imbalance and structural demographic problems.
The report argues that the population structure in China is now very different to the situation that existed in 1980 when the policy was introduced in order to curb China's population growth. According to the report, China is already headed for negative population growth and an ultra low fertility rate. The report, as the Guardian reports, calls for the current policy to be gradually relaxed over the next three years and be completely phased out by 2020.
As the Statesman points out, China's current family planning policy was introduced in 1980 to address China's surging population. The policy limited parents to one child in urban areas and two children in rural areas. However, the policy has never been completely strictly applied and certain provinces have recently introduced further relaxations.
As China is now struggling with the problems of an ageing population, it is likely that the report will be well received by many in the party leadership. Yet, as is so often the case with China, this is by no means certain. China's National Population and Family Planning Commission has yet to make any comment on the report.
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