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China’s new child policy: Not all couples want a second baby

world Updated: Oct 30, 2015 16:48 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
Hindustan Times

A woman feeds a child in Beijing, China. (AP Photo)

Not all couples eligible to benefit from the scrapping of China’s one-child policy want to have a second child, according to an online survey conducted by the popular Sina News portal.

Of the more than 164,000 responses received by Sina News, which has one of the most popular Weibo or Twitter-like platforms, 43% said they would not be having two children.

Another 29% said they would take advantage of the scrapping of the one-child police while the remaining 28% said they would wait and see.

For some, it was too little, too late.

“Well, if this policy had been introduced a few years ago it would have been fine, but I’m too old now!” one netizen from Hubei was quoted as having said by the website Shanghaiist.

“I’m about to hit menopause, even if I rush to get pregnant, will the child be ok?” the website quoted another user from Guangdong as saying.

China on Thursday abandoned its decades-old one-child policy, synonymous with the country’s authoritarian Communist rule, to allow couples across the country to have two children.

Implemented in 1979 to rein in an exploding population, the policy is said to have prevented more than 400 million births.

Faced with falling fertility rates, a looming labour shortage and a sharp gender imbalance, the Communist Party of China had eased the law in late 2013 to allow couples, when either the husband or the wife was a single child, to have a second baby.

Some rural couples too were allowed to have a second child if the first one was a girl and couples from China’s minority groups were exempt as well.

Experts have said the easing of the policy will benefit around 100 million families in the world’s most populous country, which is home to around 1.37 billion people.