China must relax birth controls to defuse population time bomb, top think tank warns

Researchers say two-child policy is falling short and more action needed to balance rapidly greying society

By Zhuang Pinghui
Friday, 22 December, 2017

China must take urgent action on birth controls to cope with the “grim” reality of its rapidly ageing society, a top government think tank has warned in one of the most prominent appeals yet for scrapping family planning restrictions.

In its annual “blue book” report on Chinese society issued on Friday, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said the country must consider either relaxing birth controls further or getting rid of them entirely.

China replaced its decades-old one-child policy two years ago, allowing all couples to have two children. But the report said that even that change was not enough to meet social needs.