Chinese government think tank urges end to one-child policy Beijing China-- A Chinese government think tank is urging the country's leaders to start phasing out its one-child policy immediately and allow two children for every family by 2015, a daring proposal to do away with the unpopular policy. Some demographers see the timeline put forward by the China Development Research Foundation as a bold move by the body close to the central leadership. ......... Xie Meng, a press affairs official with the foundation, said the final version of the report will be released "in a week or two.".... foundation recommends a two-child policy in some provinces from this year and a nationwide two-child policy by 2015. It proposes all birth limits be dropped by 2020...... Known to many as the one-child policy, China's actual rules are more complicated. The government limits most urban couples to one child, and allows two children for rural families if their first-born is a girl. There are numerous other exceptions as well, including looser rules for minority families and a two-child limit for parents who are themselves both singletons...... Though the government credits the policy with preventing hundreds of millions of births and helping lift countless families out of poverty, it is reviled by many ordinary people. The strict limits have led to forced abortions and sterilizations, even though such measures are illegal. Couples who flout the rules face hefty fines, seizure of their property and loss of their jobs....... policy has worsened the country's aging crisis by limiting the size of the young labor pool that must support the large baby boom generation as it retires. They say it has contributed to the imbalanced sex ratio by encouraging families to abort baby girls, preferring to try for a male heir..... ............................................... The full report is at Chinese government think tank urges end to one-child policy | wtsp.com ****************************** While having more than one child may boost the labour force numbers in future for the industry and elsewhere, but it will also add to the social. socio economic problems. Right now, with a manageable population, jobs are easier to come by and the social and socio economic problems are kept under control and is manageable. With the population increasing the demand on jobs, food, on transportation etc will lead to problems in the future to include unemployment and even poverty to some extent. It might be added that desertification is taking place in China and there is the shortage of water that is looming. This will impact on the food production to feed a larger population as also sanitation. One wonders what could be the ideal solution.