China says no plans to allow couples to have as many kids as they want

China has no plans to allow couples to have as many kids as they want after changing the rules to allow all couples to have two children rather than one, a health official says.

China recently eased its long-standing policy to allow married couples to have two kids

A woman carries a child near government propaganda promoting filial piety on the streets of Beijing on Tuesday. China has no plans to allow couples to have as many kids as they want after changing the rules to allow all couples to have two children rather than one, a health official said Tuesday. (Ng Han Guan/Associated Press)

China has no plans to allow couples to have as many kids as they want after changing the rules to allow all couples to have two children rather than one, a health official said Tuesday.

China's population reached 1.375 billion last year and it has to consider its large population and stress on resources when making decisions, said Li Bin, director of the National Health and Family Planning Commission.

Starting this year, China has relaxed its decades-old family planning policy to allow all married couples to have two children. Before, it limited most urban couples to one child and rural couples to two if their first was a girl.

"We don't have a specific timetable" to abolish the family planning policy, "a basic state policy," Li told reporters at a news conference during an annual meeting of China's legislature.

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