New Chinese Stamp Possibly Hints At Relaxation Of Family Planning Restrictions

BBC News: China hints at three-child policy with ‘happy family’ stamps
“Postage stamps unveiled earlier this week to mark the incoming Year of the Pig in February 2019 have led many social media users to question whether a loosening of family planning restrictions could be imminent. The stamps show a parent pig couple and three piglets. On the surface, it hardly appears to be a policy announcement. But users on the popular Sina Weibo microblog have pointed out that two years ago, before the one-child policy was abolished, China issued Year of the Monkey stamps featuring two baby monkeys…” (Allen, 8/10).

Quartz: A new postage stamp in China hints at a change in family planning policy
“…China analysts have suggested that Beijing is planning to scrap limits on births for several months. The change is overdue, as the country faces one of the world’s lowest fertility rates, a gender imbalance that stokes social unrest, and a shortage of workers…” (Timsit, 8/9).

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