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Baby bonanza not certain after China relaxes rules

AP, BEIJING

Millions of Chinese families also have managed to have additional children by paying fines or — in recent years — by giving birth outside China.

On Friday, three days after China’s top leaders concluded a meeting to hash out upcoming policies, Beijing announced the new exemption to the one-child policy, which will largely benefit urban couples.

Though the limited easing in the policy is unlikely to address China’s demographic concerns, experts see it as a meaningful step toward reversing the strict family planning and returning reproductive rights to parents.

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