China Three Child Policy: A Major Policy Shift

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China has stated that it will permit couples to have up to three children after census data revealed a steep decline in birth rates. The expense of raising kids in cities has prevented many Chinese couples. President Xi Jinping signed the latest move at a meeting of top Communist Party officials.

It will appear with “supportive measures, which will be conducive to promoting our country’s population structure, meeting the country’s strategy of actively coping with a graying population and keeping the advantage, the endowment of human resources,” as stated to Xinhua news agency.

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But human rights group Amnesty International said the policy, like its forerunners, was still a breach of sexual and reproductive rights.

Young people could have two kids at most. The vital issue is living expenses are too high, and life stresses are too enormous.

It is big headlines in a country that didn’t suddenly conceive more babies while the one-child policy eased off to two.

Many questions how a three-child policy might indicate more children when the two-child variant didn’t and why birth restrictions have continued here at all, given the demographic trend.

One thought is that, among those who planned to have two children, some parents will have three.

Generations of Chinese people have survived without siblings and are used to tiny families. Affluence has suggested less demand for multiple children to become family-supporting workers, and young experts say they’d instead give one child more benefits than spread their income among many kids.

The census, published this month, revealed that around 12 million babies were born last year – a notable decrease from the 18 million in 2016 and the lowest number of births recorded after the 1960s.

The government administered the census in late 2020 – some seven million census takers had traveled door to door to gather information from households.

Given the absolute number of people surveyed, it is deemed the most comprehensive resource on China’s population, necessary for future planning.

Broadcaster CCTV, Newspaper People’s Daily, and news agency Xinhua are all posting happy cartoon illustrations of children today on their social media pages and stating that the brand-new policy has “arrived.”

Many discussions about modern-day “workplace dilemmas” for people going on maternity/paternity leave and there not being even “the most basic reproductive privileges.”

And with a shrinking employment market, young Chinese people today believe that they have to work more extended hours. Overtime and overwork are endemic.

Meanwhile, more women choose to continue further education and employment rather than settle down early to begin a family.