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    It was widely expected that Beijing would change its family policy rules after the recent census results.

    Chinese President Xi Jinping approved, on Monday, the new policy in a politburo meeting, which allows couples to have up to three children; the previous policy, allowed them only two.

    The move comes after decennial census data, released earlier this month, showed a decline in births and the slowest population growth rate recorded.

    The Chinese government ended its one-child policy in 2016, allowing couples to have two children. The reform, however, failed to reverse the nation’s birth rate decline in general.

    China’s controversial one-child policy had been set up in 1980 after a decade-long two-child policy to curb the rapid growth of the country’s population.

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