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Nuanced one child policy won’t stop population ageing

BEIJING (AsiaNews): The nuanced readjustment that Beijing made to its long-standing One Child Policy on January 1 last year when it increased the number from one to two, is having a positive effect, the Health and Family Planning Commission reports.

A divisional director of the commission, Yang Wenzhuang, said that statistics show more than 18.46 million babies were born in mainland hospitals in 2016—11.5 per cent more than 2015 and the highest since the record was set in 2000.

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Change in birth policy demands new attitude

HONG KONG (UCAN): Five years ago, Maria Yang rejected the idea of becoming pregnant again. She had all sorts of worries: tedious childcare, less freedom and the economic burden of quitting her job.

Today, her second son is seven-months-old. Her change of mind came while taking part in a new catechumen group in her parish in northeastern China. She said that she and her husband learned to be more open to life.

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