China May Relax One-Child Policy


BEIJING – China is deliberating over further relaxing the country’s one-child policy by allowing a couple, of which only one person is the only child, to have two children, a health and family planning official said.

Replying to a question on the country’s population policies, Mao Qun’an, the health ministry’s spokesperson added: “The current policy requires that to have a second child, the father and the mother must be only children.”

He said the population would continue to put pressure on and strain the economy, society, resources and the environment.

It is because the country’s basic conditions still include a huge population, weak economic foundations, sparse per capita resources and insufficient environmental capacity, Mao added.