The Shanghai authorities have endorsed changes to the one-child policy that will allow couples to have a second child if at least one of the parents is an only child, sina.com reported Tuesday. The new rules come into effect on March 1. Shanghai’s birth rate was 1.07 child per couple in 2012, well below the national average, which was not specified in the report. At the same time, 3.67 million people living in the city, or 25.7 percent of the population, were aged at least 60, China Business News reported Tuesday. According to official figures, around 200,000 children are born in Shanghai each year but the healthcare system can handle up to 250,000 births. Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Anhui, Tianjin and Beijing have adopted similar changes to the one-child policy, the report said.
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