China will not require parents to obtain approval to have a second child under the new “two-child policy”.
The move appears to be a further relaxation of reproductive controls in the world’s most populous country, Reuters reported.
A document released Tuesday by the central government and ruling Communist Party said families would be able to “independently arrange childbearing” under the new policy without having to apply for approval.
The National Health and Family Planning Commission had said in October that couples would still need approval at first.
The new document said implementation of the policy would begin this year, without giving a date.
The two-child policy is itself a relaxation of the “one-child policy” that led to forced abortions and infanticides for decades.
Beijing hopes to reduce the pressure of an aging population.
About 90 million families may qualify for the new two-child policy.
China had 1.37 billion people at the end of 2013.
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