Couples in China’s Sichuan province will be allowed to have as many children as
they want, as the country continues to try and get a grip on its declining
Last year, the population in China fell for the first time in 60 years.
In 2016, China scrapped its controversial one-child policy, which was introduced in 1979.
Families that broke the rules were fined and, in some cases, even lost jobs.
But this was increased nationally for married couples to three in 2021.
However, as part of the policy change in Sichuan now, unmarried individuals will
also now be able to raise children, as against previously were there was a ban on
single women registering a birth.
Neighbouring countries, including Japan, are also facing falling birth rates. Japan’s
prime minister says, as a result, his country is on the brink of not being able to
function as a society.