China Ends One-Child Policy


China has finally lifted the famous “one-child policy” that has been in place in the country since 1980. This policy simply states that a married Chinese couple may only have one child. If they exceed this limit, the family is forced to pay a large fine for every child over the limit. This was issued to limit the ever-growing Chinese population, which puts a strain on resources. Chinese couples that live in rural areas have been allowed to have two children if their first-born is a girl, even when the one-child policy was in place.┬áBut now, as the Chinese government takes note of an ageing population and a massive gender imbalance, they have put an end to this old, rigid policy, and enacted a new two-child policy. However, this policy only applies to married couples, and parents with children born out of wedlock will most likely still be subject to fines.