China to allow couples to have up to 3 children

China has announced that each couple will be permitted to have up to three children.

The state-run Xinhua news agency said China's Communist Party made the decision at a politburo meeting on Monday.

China had long pursued a one-child policy to curb rapid population growth, but introduced a two-child limit in 2016 as the country faced a shrinking labor force amid an increasingly graying society.