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Saturday, 7 January 2012

An end in sight for China's One Child Policy?

It is now thirty years since China introduced its one-child policy, in a bid to lower the birth rate and control population growth.

Today, though China's fertility rate is below the replacement level, meaning that there may not be enough workers in the future to support an elderly population.

In addition, China’s population has a major gender imbalance. The expectation is that there will be 30 million more men than women by 2020 as families favour having boys rather than girls.

Over the years there have been reports that the policy has been enforced through forced abortions. However, many now question whether it is now time for the policy to be ended

Watch this programme to find out more:

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