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China eases one-child policy, why now?

November 18th, 2013
01:44 PM ET

After months of hints, China announced Friday it will relax its decades-long one-child policy and abolish labor camps in an effort to improve human rights, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Officials had said earlier both controversial policies were under review, but that did not diminish the force of Friday's announcement.

The biggest change could be the abolishment of the so-called "re-education through labor" system under which tens of thousands are imprisoned in China without trial.

Read: China to ease one-child policy, abolish labor camps, report says

Kenneth Leiberthal of the Brookings Institute takes a close look the announced changes and breaks down the facts for us.

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