China to suspend One-Child Policy

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 A newborn baby lies on a scale at a hospital in Suining, southwest China's Sichuan province. Reuters
A newborn baby lies on a scale at a hospital in Suining, southwest China’s Sichuan province. Reuters

BEIJING—Chinese leaders agreed to loosen its one-child policy and abolish a controversial form of detention without trial, the official Xinhua news agency said Friday.

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Xinhua said authorities will now allow couples to have two children if one of the parents is an only child. Currently, couples are restricted to one child except in some areas.

The shift comes as critics both inside and outside China warn that a rapidly aging population could hurt the competitiveness of the world’s No. 2 economy.

China will also abolish re-education through labor “as part of efforts to improve human rights and judicial practices,” Xinhua said. Under the controversial system, many people have been sent to labor camps for up to four years without trial or conviction by the judiciary.

In August, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, an influential government-run think tank, said abuses in the system have become increasingly apparent and had given rise to widespread public opposition.

The changes came as the result of a four-day meeting of top Communist Party leaders that ended Tuesday. The full report on that meeting was released late Friday. The meeting was intended to chart China’s economic reform course in coming years.

Write to Carlos Tejada at carlos.tejada@wsj.com

Babatunde Akinsola
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Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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