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After More than 30 Years, China Abandons its One-Child Policy

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On Thursday, China announced an end to its one-child policy. The move, which now allows all married couples to have two children, is a response to China’s aging population. The controversial policy was implemented in the 1970s to control population growth; the hefty fines skewed the sex ratio in favor of boys, and led to abortions and forced sterilization to limit the number of girls. We discuss what the change will mean for China and its 1.3 billion people.


Mei Fong, journalist; author of "One Child: The Story of China's Most Radical Experiment"

Orville Schell, director of the Center on U.S.- China Relations at the Asia Society


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