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China will allow couples to have three children

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People in Shanghai, China

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The latest census showed that the Chinese population grew at its slowest rate in decades.

The Chinese government announced that it will allow couples to have up to three children, after census data showed a sharp drop in birth rates.

China scrapped its decades-long one-child policy in 2016 and replaced it with a two-child limit. But this has failed to lead to a sustained increase in births.

The cost of raising children in cities has deterred many Chinese couples from having more children.

The recent measure was approved by President Xi Jinping at a politburo meeting, state media said.

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