China will eventually scrap family planning restrictions, a senior official said on Tuesday, days after the government announced it will allow millions of families to have two children. However, no date for the phase out was given.
Mao said China would further loosen family planning policy but signaled that the government would not abandon it in the near term.
“The situation that you mentioned will be realized one day,” Mao said when asked whether China could see a day when there would be no family planning restrictions.
He said he could not say when and how the policy would change.
The Health Ministry’s deputy director, Wang Peian, said on Saturday that China was not considering a broad relaxation of its one-child policy.
The government said last week that it would allow couples in which one of the parents was an only child to have a second child. It was the most significant relaxation of the one-child policy in nearly three decades.
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