China relax one-child policy
China’s controversial policy, which restricts families across the country to just one child each, is set to be relaxed in the coming months.
New plans, to allow parents who were an only child to have two children, will be introduced in the country according to state media agency, Xinhua.
The initiative came following a weekly meet of the Communist party, with leaders believed to be willing to budge on the previously strict rules.
Other reforms include the abolition of ‘re-education through labour’ camps and moves to boost the role of the private sector in the economy.
Though the scale of the Chinese leadership's new social and economic reforms are vast, affecting millions across China, none of these changes should come as a shock. Many have been discussed in the Chinese state media in the past, and many have already been test-driven on smaller scales in different parts across the country.
For example, in some Chinese cities for the past few years, couples who are both single children have been allowed the option of having a second child. This latest change will allow couples, whereby only one partner is a single child, to have two children.
Similarly, Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to abolish the much-hated "reeducation through labour" system when he came to power earlier this year. Quietly, officials have been winding down the system over the past few months.