China's 'more than one' policy wins top spot

China's 'more than one' policy wins top spot
Chinese people welcome Beijing's new policy to allow two children per family.
PHOTO: Nikkei Asian Review

GUANGZHOU, CHINA- A variety of good and bad news out of China -- about the economy, politics and social issues - caught the attention of global media this year. The stock market crash, the currency devaluation, the enormous increase in purchases by Chinese tourists, the huge military parade in Beijing - it was an eventful year.

What was remarkable about 2015 for ordinary Chinese? The Nikkei recently interviewed 200 people on the streets in cities and villages all over China. (Some respondents provided only family names in the survey.)

Two for one

"Some may say it could have been done earlier, but I appreciate the decision. It is definitely the best news this year for Chinese people," said Dong Jing, a female worker in her 40s in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province.

Scrapping of the country's one-child policy gained the biggest vote counts from 18 men and 23 women, or roughly 20% of the respondents.

Dong welcomed the news. "I feel sorry for my child, who does not have any siblings," she said. "If I were five years younger, I would try to have another child. But I'm not that age anymore."

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