China urged to abandon its one-child state policy
LEADING Chinese academics have urged the country to abandon its controversial one-child policy, weeks after the case of a mother who was forced to abort her seven-month-old foetus caused outrage.
Three academics from the Development Research Centre of the State Council, an influential think tank that advises China's cabinet, called on the authorities to consider the introduction of a two-child policy "as soon as possible".
A policy change was needed to avert an impending labour shortage and to address the rapidly ageing population, Ge Yanfeng, Yu Dong and Zhang Bingzi, argued in an article in the 'China Economic Times'. (© Daily Telegraph, London)