As China ends the one-child policy, what is its legacy?

Topic Selected: Population and Migration

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Stephanie Gordon, University of Leicester

China has announced the end to its infamous one-child policy, the restrictive rule that has limited many families to one child, and some to two children for the past 37 years. The changes will allow all couples to have two children.

China has a long history of controlling its population. Throughout the 1950s, family planning was encouraged under Mao Zedong to promote economic growth. But only in 1973 did it become a political priority, with the national wan, xi, shao – “late marriage, longer spacing, and fewer children” campaign encouraging two children per couple.<

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