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China takes another baby step toward ending birth limits

Beijing gives three provinces the green light to explore lifting cap on family size

A baby inside a stroller in Shanghai: China faces a demographic crisis unless it can raise its birthrate.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China is showing greater urgency on its looming demographic crisis, moving to let three northeastern provinces look into scrapping restrictions on how many children a woman can bear in her lifetime.

Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang will be able to study removing birth limits, the National Health Commission said Thursday. The research could lead to pilot programs to adjust policies on family planning.

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