Beijing succumbs to the inevitable:
China have announced the end of its hugely controversial one-child policy today, with official state media confirming that all couples will now be allowed to have two children.
A communique was issued by the ruling Communist Party following a four-day meeting in Beijing to chart the country’s plans for the next five years.
Despite being the world’s second largest economy, there have been growing concerns over China’s ageing population since the one child policy was introduced in 1980.
One way or the other, China’s one-child policy had to expire.