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Solve population problems in a coordinated way: official

(Xinhua)

08:23, March 07, 2012

BEIJING, March 6 (Xinhua) -- The quality, pattern and distribution of the population is as important as its quantity for the long-term and balanced development of China's population, a senior family planning official told Xinhua Tuesday, adding that the handling of population affairs must be comprehensive.

Cui Li, vice director of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, made the remarks in response to calls from some experts to lift all limits on bearing a second child, saying the commission attaches great importance to these suggestions.

According to Cui, families in which both parents are from single-child families are eligible for a second child in all Chinese provinces. In some provinces, a second child is allowed for families with just one parent from a single-child family.

"We will stably lower the birth rate, gradually improve policies, solve population problems in a coordinated way, and maintain the long-term and balanced development of the Chinese population," she said.

In the interview, Cui also said it's inappropriate to transfer the eligibility for a second child, a suggestion recently proposed by a national lawmaker.

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