The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) amended the population law on Friday, August 20, thereby allowing families to have a third child. This was reported on the Xinhua website.
“The revised population and family planning law states that the state encourages marriage and childbirth at the right age, prenatal and postnatal care, and a couple can have three children,” the agency specified.
It also emphasizes that the state will take all kinds of support measures, including financial, housing, and labor, to reduce the burden on families of having, raising, and educating children.
The amendments were approved during the thirtieth session of the 13th PC of the National People’s Congress, held in Beijing from August 17 to 20.
Earlier, on July 20, it was reported that the Chinese authorities decided to cancel fines and other penalties for having three children.
The Chinese State Council also added that a policy of active measures to stimulate the birth rate will be developed in 2025.
Between 1979 and 2015, China pursued a strict population policy. It was argued that the huge number of people was overloading the country’s land, water, and energy resources. Citizens were allowed to have no more than one child per family, except in cases of multiple pregnancies. Forced abortions and sterilizations were known to be applied to violators. As of 2016, China abandoned the “one family, one child” policy and allowed couples to have second children.