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China Renounces One-Child Policy

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More than 30 years after China imposed its controversial “one-child” policy, Chinese state media reported Thursday that it would be scrapped.

The Xinhua news agency said all couples would be allowed to have two kids.

It cited a communique issued by the ruling Communist Party after a four-day meeting in Beijing to chart the course of the world's second largest economy over the next five years.

The policy restricted most couples to only a single offspring, and for years authorities argued that it was a key contributor to China's economic boom.