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Full relaxation of child policy ruled out

By Xinhua

Full relaxation of child policy ruled out
This picture taken on July 25, 2013 shows two twin sisters at Minxian county in Dingxi, northwest China's Gansu pr ovince. (Photo / AFP)

BEIJING - China's family planning policy will not change in the foreseeable future, and there are no plans for a complete relaxation currently, a top health official said Tuesday.

Li Bin, head of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, made the remarks when addressing a press conference on the sidelines of the country's annual legislative session.

As of 2015, the Chinese population numbered 1.375 billion, compared to 320 million in the United States, the world's largest economy.

Li said China's per capita economic output was "considerably low" as was the average living standard.

"Our resources pale in comparison with our vast population. Until this changes, we will continue with the current family planning policy," she said.

"There is no timetable for the full relaxation of the policy (although) it will continue to be improved and adjusted," she added.

China this year allowed all married couples to have two children. This follows an earlier easing of the policy in 2013 that allowed couples to have a second child if either parent was an only child.

The latest change ended the "one child" policy since it was implemented in the late 1970s. The two-child policy will see 3 million more children born in China every year.

Li expected China to have 30 million more in the work force by 2050 thanks to the policy shift.

Li said the Chinese population reached 1.375 billion in 2015, with a population peak projected at 1.45 billion sometime before 2050, when the total population is estimated to fall from the peak to 1.38 billion.

Li said the ratio of old-age people to the whole population would somehow decrease by 2050, without elaborating on how much the decrease might be.

Li said China will continue with its current family-planning policy to achieve a delicate balance between population, environment and sustained development.

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