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More work needed to reach population goals

Updated: 2015-10-30 18:02

More work needed to reach population goals

A couple with their two children in this file photo. [Photo by Li Chuanping/Asianewsphoto]

The dramatic change over the three-decade-long family planning policy is hailed both by populace and the opinion leaders. The adaptation comes as a result of low birth rates and aiming to meet the challenges of an aging society while balancing long term economic growth.

Undoubtedly, the old policy is whipped resentfully. But some insist that it also played a positive role in history. Professor Alon Tal from Israel comments on the World Post that the one-child policy has contributed to both China and the world. The professor thinks the unborn population alleviated the pressure from society, and that it provided China with a better chance to realize today’s feat.

Critics warn that it’s not all positives when realizing the expected population growth.

Gao Mingyong, a commentator with new.ifeng.com says, “First, it’s hard to change attitude towards bearing children since the old policy has be on the track for 30 years. Second, the economic and practical thinking of the young generation especial the post-80s and post-90s would also play down the effects of the change. Last, it also needs time to break up the vested interests related to the old policy. ”

The statistics show that up to May of 2015, only 1.45 million out of 11 million households who are qualified to have their second child filled their applications since the policy changed in 2013. The data is quoted by many to demonstrate the difficulties of new policy.

Wang Shichuan of view.163.com suggests that the encouraging policy should be considered according to other low birth rate nations and regions like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Macau. “Related supporting policies should be on their way to create friendly circumstance for couples who want to have their second children,” Wang adds.

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