China’s strict one-child policy, introduced in 1979, was fully relaxed on January 1 last year amid concerns over a shrinking workforce, greying population and gender imbalance. Photo: Reuters

Why China’s two-child policy is failing the reality test

Stuart Gietel-Basten says it is little surprise that the shift has not sparked a major baby boom, as low birth rates have more to do with the lack of comprehensive support structures than parents’ reluctance to expand their families

Topic |   China's population

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China’s strict one-child policy, introduced in 1979, was fully relaxed on January 1 last year amid concerns over a shrinking workforce, greying population and gender imbalance. Photo: Reuters
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