China on Saturday adopted a resolution easing its decades-long one-child policy while formally abolishing a controversial labor camp system, Reuters news agency said, citing reports from the official Xinhua news agency. Both measures were among a sweeping raft of reforms announced in November after a meeting of the ruling Communist Party that mapped out policy for the next decade. Under the new policy, couples will be allowed to have two children if one of the parents is an only child. Previously, a couple could generally only have a second child if both parents were only children. The Standing committee of the National People’s Congress also approved the abolition of the “re-education through labor” system, in place since 1957, which allows police to sentence petty criminals to up to four years’ confinement in labor camps without going through the courts, the report said.
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