Daily Archives: March 31, 2011

Family policy relaxed in Beijing for more couples

China’s capital city will make fewer couples subject to the fines charged to those who violate China’s family planning policy by having a second child, according to the municipal commission of population and family planning.

Under the new guidelines, Beijing couples that are composed of two only children and that give birth to a second child will be charged fines only if both the mother is younger than 28 and the second child is born within four years after the first.

In the past, such couples had to pay a fifth of their annual income if they had a second child either when the mother was younger than 28 or did not wait at least four years after the birth of the first child.

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Many want women to work longer

Most people like the idea of making the retirement age for women the same as the one for men.

Nearly 60 percent of respondents to a recent survey said they support the idea of equalizing the retirement ages while some experts also endorsed the idea, pointing out that Chinese women currently retire at a younger age than their peers in other countries.

The nation’s current legal retirement age for men is 60 and it is 50 for regular female workers and 55 for female civil servants and professionals.

The survey, conducted by the Women’s Studies Institute of China under the All-China Women’s Federation, polled 4,188 men and women in Heilongjiang, Jiangsu, Jiangxi and Sichuan provinces.

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