China is not considering a broad
relaxation of its strict one-child policy despite an easing of
existing rules since it would be too disruptive, the health
ministry said on Saturday.
The government announced on Friday that it would allow
millions of families to have two children in the country's most
significant liberalization of its strict one-child policy in
about three decades. China
, the world's most populous nation,
has nearly 1.4 billion people.
Couples in which one parent is an only child will now be
able to have a second child, one of the highlights of a sweeping
package of reforms announced after the ruling Communist Party
held a key meeting that mapped out policy for the next decade.
The plan to ease the policy was envisioned by the government
about five years ago as officials worried that the strict
controls were undermining economic growth and contributing to a
rapidly ageing population the country had no hope of supporting
In a statement carried on the ministry's website, deputy
director Wang Peian
said if everyone were suddenly allowed to
have two children it would cause too many problems.
"Adjusting and perfecting family planning policy is not the
same as abandoning it," he said.