12 Jul '11, 6am

Guangdong, China's most populous province, seeks to ease one-child policy amid concerns over ageing population

Guangdong, China's most populous province, seeks to ease one-child policy amid concerns over ageing population

Authorities in Guangdong have asked Beijing to ease the one-child policy, a government official said. -- PHOTO: AP BEIJING - AUTHORITIES in China's most populous province have asked Beijing to ease the one-child policy, a government official said on Tuesday, amid growing concerns over gender imbalances and an ageing population. Guangdong, in southern China, wants to launch a pilot program to allow some families to have two children, an official with the Guangdong Population and Family Planning Commission told AFP. Local authorities have submitted the proposal - which would allow couples where one of the adults is an only child to have a second baby - to central government, the official, who declined to be named, said. 'To allow the new policy will have little overall impact on population growth,' Guangdong family planning chief Zhang Feng was quoted by the Southern Metropo...

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