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China Eases Population Control

dateline: 31 December 2013

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • ease: to make less strict
  • resolution: a decision about a problem
  • sibling: brother or sister
  • rural: located far away from the city
  • reform: change

China Eases Population Control

In 2014, many Chinese couples will be allowed to have two children thanks to a resolution that just passed in China. If one parent has no siblings, the couple will be permitted to have two children. China’s one-child has been in place since 1979; however, previous reforms allowed couples to have two children if both of them had no siblings, if they were from a rural area and had a girl, or if they were members of an ethnic . The latest reforms are related to fears about the declining working population in China. Despite the population control measures over the past few , China remains the most country in the world. This reform could result in a massive baby boom.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why might there be a baby boom in China this year?
  2. Why will many couples be allowed to have two children?
  3. Why does the report mention ethnic minorities?

Discussion Question: Do you think a baby boom in China is the answer to the country’s aging population problem?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
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