A young member of 'Choy Lay Fut' lion dance group holds a flag during a performance in Jiangmen, Guangdong Province, China. - 

China's government has announced plans to remove power from the agency that oversees the country's one-child policy. Observers say this could spell the beginning of the end for the rule.

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2010: Marketplace's One Child policy series

Looking at the future of the one-child policy


For the past 34 years, China has limited urban couples to one child in an effort to curb massive population growth. Though the family planning policy has always been controversial, nowadays many urban couples are content with one child due to mounting economic pressures such as inflation.

To hear more about why China's government is rethinking its one-child rule, click on the audio player above.

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