The Guangdong bureau of Jiusan Society, one of the eight legally recognized political parties in China, has called on the government to implement a “two-child policy” on a trial basis in the southern province, where the aging population is an issue that needs to be addressed immediately, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported Wednesday. According to the sixth national census in 2011, Guangdong has 104.3 million residents, while the average fertility rate is 1.7 children per woman, lower than the national average of 2.1 children. The elderly population in the province has grown to 10.72 million, and is expected to reach 12.88 million by 2015, accounting for 13.64 percent of Guangdong’s entire population, the report said. Meanwhile, the Guangdong bureau of the National Health and Family Planning Commission said it aims to enhance the province’s birth policy in line with the central government’s master planning.
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