China Withdraws One Child Policy After 35 Years

 Examinees for the Chinese civil service in central government and agencies departments associated to the civil service wait outside the examination venue in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province 29 November 2009. More than one million applicants will try the 15,000 vacancies. EPA/SHEPHERD ZHOU
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Finally, Chinese People can get to use words like brother, sister, uncle and aunt! China has scrapped its one-child policy that was set up in the 1980s after almost 35 years. It was a happy moment for people in Beijing.

On a momentous move, the government of China has now allowed its citizens to have two kids instead of one. The one child policy was put forth by Deng Xiaoping in 1979 to restrict the growth of the Chines Hun population.

This rule applied only to the Urban population of China, namely the Han Chinese who represent more than 91% of the Chinese population. The only major exception to the one-child policy happened in 2013, that allowed parents to have the liberty of the second child if they were a single child themselves. It also involved a lengthy process of applying for a second child.

China one child policy
China one child policy

The one child policy was considered very harsh and inhumane by many Chinese people. Most parents had to forego their second child. Strict orders were imposed. Many mothers had to undergo painful abortions and if the denied, the family was devoid of government funds.

Many people were also forced out of their jobs for not following the child policy. Even worse, some parents have come to face the harrowing experience of losing their second child in abduction or kidnapping – With government aid, to be delivered to orphanages and collecting payment on grounds that the child was abandoned.

XINING, CHINA - MAY 17: (CHINA OUT) Newborn babies lie on a bed before massage at Xining Children Hospital on May 17, 2006 in Xining of Qinghai Province, China. Chinese population experts are predicting a mini-baby boom before 2010 as a result of the country's family planning laws. Almost 100 million single children have been born since the initiation of the one-child policy in 1973. Most have reached the age of marriage and childbirth, said Zhang Weiqing, Minister in charge of the National Population and Family Planning Commission. Statistics from the China National Center for Women and Children's Health reveal that the country's annual population growth will increase from 16 million to 22 million by 2016. There are currently about 110 million children under the age of six in China, 21 million living in cities, according to state media. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
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Like the west, most Chinese couple from the city appear to stick to one child as they find accommodating a second baby very difficult and out of their budget. It is always expensive to bear a child in all parts of the world.

Interestingly, the Chinese social media platform conducted a survey soon as the policy was scrapped on the night of the policy change. The survey was a voting system for the Chinese youth to respond with a desire to have a second child. An astounding 60% of the young men and women have opted to have a second baby.

China One child policy
China One child policy

The major reason that is popular for this policy scrapping move is said to be the serious dip in the work population of the Chinese working-age population. Supporting the retired men will also be a major concern if there is not many from the younger generation in the workforce.

However, the policy taken off has made a lot many people appreciate the humane move by the government.