Experts say change is unlikely to have big impact on country’s demographic direction

Liu Wen, a public servant in China’s north-western Qinghai province, remembers the night before she went back to work after taking three months off to care for her newborn son. She was anxious. “I kept telling myself don’t worry, relax, have a good night’s sleep and a fresh start tomorrow.” Her husband, a doctor, was on a night shift, so she was alone. At about 1am, her son started to cry. While holding him, she also burst into tears.

“He was crying and I was crying,” she said. At that point, Liu decided she would never have another child. “Thank you, family planning. One is definitely enough,” she said.

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