China planning policies to address aging population

World | 24 Nov 2020

China is planning to include new measures to encourage more births and address its aging population as part of its 2021-2025 "five-year plan."

China will offer extensive financial and policy support to encourage couples to have more children, the official China Daily newspaper cited experts as saying.

"More inclusive population policies will be introduced to improve fertility, the quality of the workforce and the structure of the population," said Yuan Xin, vice-president of the China Population Association.

A "one-child policy" was introduced in 1978 amid claims that rapid population growth was undermining efforts to reduce poverty and develop the economy. But the restrictions were relaxed in 2016, allowing couples to have a second child.

REUTERS



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