Aug 21, 2021 - World

China adopts policy allowing married couples to have three children

Picture of a family walking in China

Parents take their children for a walk on Wangfujing Commercial Street in Beijing. Photo: Sheldon Cooper/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

China on Friday amended its Population and Family Planning Law, allowing married couples to have a third child in order to counter a falling birth rate that has raised concerns about the country's economic future, AP reports.

Driving the news: The Chinese Communist Party had announced the policy change in May, after its National Bureau of Statistics reported the country's slowest population growth for over half a century.

The big picture: China had imposed a one-child policy in 1979 to slow population growth. In 2016, it eased the restrictions and allowed for couples to have two children.

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