WorldViews: China’s rules for when families can and can’t have more than one child

By Max Fisher, November 16, 2013

Chinese officials loosened the country's controversial one-child policy on Friday, continuing a gradual process of softening the 1979 law that prohibits most families from having more than one child.

To get a sense of how the law works, The Washington Post's Beijing bureau has translated the list of exceptions to the one-child rule as posted by the Beijing municipal government office on family planning. This is the list of regulations from before this latest relaxation. As you can see, there are a number of exceptions, many of which apply to rural Chinese. The new change says that if either parent is an only child, the couple may have a second child.

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