China drops one child policy
A relief to couples wanting a second child.

After 35 years couples in China will now be allowed to have two children.

The controversial one-child policy was introduced in 1979 in hopes that it would slow down the population's growth rate.  

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The announcement was made after a four day summit by the Communist Party where heightened concerns for the economy were debated. 

The policy became more relaxed due to a growing economy and an ageing population in more recent years. 

The scrapping of the one-child policy means an increase in sales for many baby companies and brands and a relief to all couples wanting a second child

It has not yet clear when the new policy will be implemented. 

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