China on May 31 announced that each couple would be permitted to have up to three children, a major policy shift from the existing limit of two children.
The step was taken as there was a dramatic birth decline in China.
According to media reports, the change was approved during a politburo meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping.
“To further optimize the birth policy, (China) will implement a one-married-couple-can-have-three-children policy,” Xinhua told the media.
Back In 2016, China had scrapped its decades-old one-child policy to impose a two-child limit policy, which failed to result in a sustained surge in births as the high cost of raising children in Chinese cities deterred many couples from starting families.
Recently, China’s once-in-a-decade census showed that the population grew at its slowest rate during the last decade since the 1950s, with data showing a fertility rate of 1.3 children per woman for 2020 alone, on par with ageing societies like Japan and Italy.
The announcement was not welcomed by many citizens , people said they could not afford to have even one or two children.
“I am willing to have three children if you give me 5 million yuan ($785,650),” one user posted on Weibo