The commission will introduce the changes ‘in an appropriate time,’ a news agency quoted him as saying. Mao Qun'an, another official, said last week that the government was deliberating whether to further relax the ‘one-child policy.’

Family planning policy was first introduced in the late 1970s to rein in China's surging population by limiting most urban couples to go for one child and most rural couples for two children, if the first one is a girl.

The policy was later relaxed, with the current policy stipulating that to have a second child, both parents must be the only children of their parents.


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