China Ends Single-Child Policy
World’s populous country China ended its one-child policy. It now allows its citizens to have two kids, reported official Xinhua news agency. The single-child policy was in effect for decades in China to control the population growth in the country. It became controversial due to punishment slapped at those who violated the policy. Conditions in the policy were relaxed to certain extent in 2013 by stating that couples in which one parent is an only child were allowed to have a second child. The one-child policy is estimated to have prevented about 400m births since it began, reported BBC. The one-child policy resulted in more number of aged citizens in China. Wang Feng, a leading expert on demographic and social change in China, called the change an historic event that would change the world but said the challenges of China’s aging society would remain. “It won’t have any impact on the issue of the aging society, but it will change the character of many young families,” he said.