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China's family planning policies unchanged: authorities

2013-10-30 11:24 CRIENGLISH.com Web Editor: Mo Hong'e

Authorities have denied media reports that China will further relax the one-child policy nationwide and allow families in which both parents are only children to have two children, Beijing Times reports.

A spokesperson for China's National Health and Family Planning Commission said on Tuesday that China's current family planning policies remain unchanged.

The family planning policies, first introduced in the late 1970s to rein in China's surging population, limit most urban couples to having only one child.

The policies were relaxed around 2007, when couples with both members from single-child families were permitted to have a second child.

However, a study by the family planning commission in Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu province finds that 40 percent of couples eligible for a second child in Nanjing choose not to do so.

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