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China will face new challenges after ending its one-child policy

Published 07/11/2015 | 02:30

Zhao Xingqiu (27) with her husband and their baby in Beijing. An office worker, she does not plan to have a second child. When she heard about the rule change of one-child policy, she thought it could not change much because there are some difficulties in raising children in China. Photo: Reuters
Zhao Xingqiu (27) with her husband and their baby in Beijing. An office worker, she does not plan to have a second child. When she heard about the rule change of one-child policy, she thought it could not change much because there are some difficulties in raising children in China. Photo: Reuters

I was in China this week. The purpose of the visit was to promote Chinese investment in Ireland. I met the Irish Ambassador, Paul Kavanagh and his team, who are working very hard to promote links between Ireland and what is now the largest economy in the world.

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The Chinese economy is being rapidly restructured.

Services are now the largest sector at 48pc, as against 41pc in manufacturing. There is now less reliance on exports and more on the home market.

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