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Less than a 10th of China’s couples apply to have second child

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h352 (Published 23 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h352
  1. Shuping Dai, Lingzhong Xu
  1. 1School of Public Health, Shandong University

Fewer than a million of China’s 11 million eligible couples have applied to have a second child since the country relaxed its one child rule early last year, government figures have shown. The rules now allow couples to have a second child if either parent is an only child.

The National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) predicted that the new policy would result in a baby boom with an extra two million babies on average born each year, but the take-up rate of the new …

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