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"Welcome back to CNN. Now for our top story. China has decided to end its One Child Policy after almost three decades, worried about its aging population. We are joined by Julia Smithers who is currently in Beijing and will tell us more about this new development."
Thank you, Marge. For the past few days, Beijing has been having urgent meetings to discuss China's One Child Policy that forbade Chinese couples from having more than one baby, with a few exceptions, of course. At the end of these intense four days, Beijing has announced that
the Policy has come to an end, allowing Chinese couples to have two children. This sudden change is because of the fact that in the long run, there will be too many retired elders and too little younger people working which can cause China's economy to stop growing.
The policy originally, was introduced in 1979, but actually implemented in 1980. The policy was introduced because of China's extreme overpopulation issue; in the early 1950's, it was estimated that China's population would almost double in less than twenty four years! The overpopulation became an issue as
previous Chinese governments motivated couples to have many kids to to increase their country's workforce. But in the next two decades, the government realized that if the population wasn't stabilized soon enough, it would become unsustainable, hence the One Child Policy.
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