One Child Policy – Is Reform Gaining Momentum?

The reorganization of the Population and Family Planning Commission, and its merger with the Ministry of Health as part of a broader restructuring to streamline China’s bureaucracy, has raised expectations that Xi Jinping’s new government will amend the controversial one-child policy. Now, with the newly-created National Health and Family Planning Commission making its Weibo debut, Caijing reports that birth planning policies have become a hot topic this month:

The first official post of National Health and Family Planning Commission on Weibo on June 18th got over 8,000 reposts and nearly 2,000 replies, mostly calling for removal of China’s birth controls.

The going-on-weibo move came a day after the newly-built commission was tasked with promulgating and implementing the nation’s birth planning policies.

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Meanwhile, birth planning has become a hot topic this month in China as people see some welcoming changes in policies including cancellation of birth spacing limits.

Shandong, one of the most populous province in China with a population of over 100million, cancelled restrictions on birth spacing between the first and second child, a move interpreted as a signal of easing the country’s notorious “birth control” strategy. [Source]

Caijing adds that 19 of China’s 31 provinces have already lifted restrictions on birth spacing. Read more about the one-child policy in China, via CDT.