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China encourages 3rd child, telling party comrades to set example

Regional governments that cannot give cash incentives offer longer parental leave

Medical staff care for a baby at a hospital in Hunan Province. Births in China likely fell to a record low last year, according to estimates.   © Kyodo

BEIJING -- With married couples now permitted a third child in China, the government is pressuring Communist Party members to lead by example, even though many complain that they cannot afford to have more children without cash assistance. 

In a December editorial, the party-affiliated China Reports Network said Communist Party members have an obligation to marry and have children to contribute to population growth.

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