China sees baby boom due to 'two-child' policy

China sees baby boom due to 'two-child' policy China reported birth rates have risen to the highest level since 2000 after the country allowed all couples to have two children .

New births in the world's most populous nation reached 17.86 million in 2016, up around 1.4 million compared to the 2011-2015 average, said Yang Wenzhuang of the National Health and Family Planning Commission.

"While the total number of women of childbearing age fell by 5 million, the number of births increased significantly, showing that the family planning policy adjustments were extremely timely and extremely effective," he told reporters on Sunday.

In late 2015 China issued new guidelines allowing all parents to have two children in the wake of supporting costs to an increasingly ageing population.
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