Mao Qun'an, spokesman for the National Health and Family Planning Commission, made the statement in response to media attention on China's population policies, a news agency reported on Friday.

He explained that because the country's basic conditions still include a huge population, weak economic foundations, sparse per capita resources and insufficient environmental capacity, the population will continue to put pressure on and strain the economy, society, resources and the environment.

To improve population policies, Mao said, China must maintain the current low birth rate while also taking into consideration the public's needs, social and economic development, and changes in the population structure.


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