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China considers ending birth limits

First graders attending Young Pioneers day
First graders in China. Photo: Visual China Group/Getty Images

China is considering ending its four-decade long policy of limiting the number of children families can have, reports Bloomberg.

The big picture: China's birth limits have left the country with an aging population, a shortage of working-age citizens, and millions more men than women — all as the country's birth rate has declined for decades. This would be China's second shift on the policy after they permitted families to have two children in 2015.