BEIJING — Nearly one million couples have applied to have a second child since China eased its family planning policy in 2014, allowing couples to have a second child if either parent is an only child.
The number of applications is in line with the estimate of less than two million annually by China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission, said Mao Qunan, a spokesman with the commission, at a press conference on Jan 12.
Since China’s family planning policy was eased in a pilot program in east China’s Zhejiang province in January 2014, couples nationwide may now have a second child if either parent is an only child.
Mao said that the commission will put more effort toward improving the population monitoring mechanism and will stipulate relevant policies.
“We will also collect public opinion on healthcare for pregnant women and children in a timely manner,” Mao added.