China to allow three-child families as birth rate declines sharply – BBC News

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    The authorities in China have announced that couples will be allowed to have up to three children, raising the limit from two.

    It follows census figures showing a steep decline in the birth rate.

    Five years ago, the Chinese Communist Party finally abandoned its one child policy, which had begun in 1976. At the time there were fears of uncontrolled population growth.

    Clive Myrie presents BBC News at Ten reporting by China correspondent John Sudworth.

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