This Just In: China to End One-Child Policy

Xinhua, the Chinese state-run news agency, says:

China will allow all couples to have two children, abandoning its decades-long one-child policy, according to a communique issued Thursday by the Communist Party of China (CPC).

We’ll update as we learn more. Update: More here. Meanwhile, check out a few of our pieces from the archive. Here’s Adam Pasick on “the six consequences of one-child policy reform”:

Perhaps the most important effect of changing the one-child policy is that it could end human-rights abuses like forced abortions and signal that the leadership is serious about reforms. “We believe that the reform-minded president Xi and premier Li will use the opportunity of abolishing the one-child policy to build up their authority, show their determination in making changes and convince the Chinese people that they do have a roadmap for reforms,” wrote Bank of America China economists Ting Lu and Xiaojia Zhi.

Ning Hui wrote a brief personal essay for us called “I Was an Illegal Second Child in China.”