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Parents of twins or other multiple siblings will not benefit from relaxed one-child policy

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 November, 2013, 1:07pm
UPDATED : Monday, 02 November, 2015, 4:11pm

Officials from China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission said that couples who already have twins or more children from a multiple birth will not benefit from the newly announced relaxation of China’s birth control policy, mainland newspapers have reported.

The Beijing Morning Post and China Business News reported that the easing of the one-child policy meant a couple can have two children if one of the parents is a single child. But if they have multiple children from first birth they cannot have more children, they said.

The interpretation came as mainland weibo users and newspapers discussed whether the policy change meant eligible couples could have a second pregnancy, if they had more than one child at first birth.

The Beijing Morning Post quoted anonymous officials as saying that the wording of the third plenum resolution was clear, as it said two children, not two births.

However, the commission on Wednesday declined to comment on the reports, saying it had nothing to add to the resolution and an online Q & A that had been posted on its website by a deputy chief.

“Having two children is good enough. I can understand the policy.” Wendy Liu, a Shenzhen-based manager said, adding that she would not mind the interpretation.

Having more than one child has become a hotly discussed issue across the country since the authorities announced last Friday they would amend the one-child policy.

Various search queries for ‘How many families where just one parent is a single child will have a second child? and related questions have been posted online on microblogs and chat rooms.

According to the National Health and Family Planning Commission, about 20 million couples in which one parent is an only child will be allowed to have two children. More than half of them would like to have a second child, the commission said, according to the Beijing Youth Daily.

Additional reporting by Stephen Chen

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