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Three instead of one – but control remains

China’s government wants to allow married couples to have three children. The state news agency Xinhua reported this on Monday, citing a Politburo meeting led by President Xi Jinping. “Allowing all couples to have three children will help improve the population structure,” the news agency quoted from the meeting. The aim, it said, was to “further optimize birth policies.” However, it is still unclear when the new permission will come into effect.

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