China ends one child policy

Published 2 November 15

After more than 35 years, the Chinese Communist Party has abandoned the one child policy. An aging population and plunging birth rate have been raising concerns of the impact both of these trends could have on China’s economy. This latest development allows couples to have two children.

The Chinese government has already made several adjustments to the policy since it was introduced, the previous relaxation in 2013 allowed couples to have two children if one of the parents themselves was an only child. However, this relaxation fell far short of government expectations.

In addition, rising housing, healthcare and education costs are believed to be contributing to couples’ reluctance to have a second child. As a result, the impact this latest relaxation will have on increasing demand for dairy products remains unclear.