China collects third-child policy slogans from public
Published: Aug 05, 2021 10:20 AM

Staff members bath babies in a postnatal confinement center in Hefei, capital of east China's Anhui Province, Dec. 1, 2017. About 17.23 million babies were born in 2017, of which 51 percent have an older sibling, according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission. However, the total number of births fell by about 630,000 compared with 2016 while percentage of the population aged over 60 rose from 16.7 percent in 2016 to 17.3 percent in 2017. (Xinhua/Liu Junxi)

Staff members bath babies in a postnatal confinement center in Hefei, capital of east China's Anhui Province. (Xinhua/Liu Junxi)

After China announced to further lift its family planning policy to allow couples to have up to three children and came up with supporting measures, China Family Planning Association has started to solicit public opinions on promotion slogans for the third-child policy.

The association decided to launch a campaign collecting slogans from the public in order to create a friendly social atmosphere of childbearing. The campaign will last until September 15. 

China on July 20 started to allow couples to have three children. The decision was followed by a slew of measures to support struggling families, ranging from tax breaks to more nurseries and flexible work leave to encourage births.

The association's aim is to promote long-term balanced population development, promote healthy, harmonious marriages and control soaring bride price.

After receiving public opinions on the slogans, the association will then invite experts to review them and select some eligible ones for the public to vote. Those whose slogans receiving the most votes will be granted cash rewards of up to 1,000 yuan ($154.6). 

To legitimize the third-child policy, China will revise the law on population and family planning, and the government will no longer fine couples who have more children than they are allowed. 

Some cities started to give money to families with two or three children after the decision was announced. Panzhihua, in Southwest China's Sichuan Province, became the first city to start doling out money to couples giving birth to more than one child.

The city is offering a subsidy of 500 yuan ($76.87) per baby every month for families with a local hukou that have a second or third child, until the babies turn three. 

In Beijing, women who give birth to a third child after May 31 will be granted an extra 30-day maternity leave, and their spouses can have a paternity leave for 15 days, according to Beijing Municipal Health Commission on Thursday. 

Beijing government is amending the Beijing family planning regulation, and complete incentive policy will be determined after the amendment is finished, the commission said.

China has been adjusting its one-child policy over the past decade. The second-child policy was partially introduced in 2013 and fully implemented in 2015.

Global Times