Chinese one-child policy
The Chinese leadership has denied suggestions that it is about to alter its controversial one-child policy. The country’s family planning chief said there would be no change in the rule limiting families in cities to one child and those in rural areas to two.
His comments come a week after another family planning official said a policy change was under discussion. The rule has been blamed for creating a gender imbalance, with families eager to have boys rather than girls. Commentators believe that in the long run the policy will be unsustainable.
From time to time China has considered changes to its one-child policy but has always backed off, fearing a massive spike in population growth. Strict family-planning controls were introduced during the 1970s to combat China’s soaring population.