Effect of the policy
Most only-child couples want one child
A survey by the Beijing Administrative Institute in 2007 shows 52 percent of those now-grown-up single children, who are allowed two offspring, do not want a second child.
China facing shortage of wives
China's male population outnumbers that of females by 37 million, the most uneven in the world. Statistics from the Information Office of the State Council show the sex ratio for newborns is 119 boys to 100 girls.
Abortion statistics cause for concern
Inadequate knowledge about contraception is a major factor in the 13 million abortions performed in China every year, research shows.
China's only children at risk of divorce
A survey of 162 couples under 30 showed a divorce ratio of 24.5 percent when both were only children, 8.4 percent when one was an only-child, and 11.7 percent for those from families with more than one child
Family planning policy prevents 400 million births
China would by now have 400 million more people if a family planning policy ordering most couples to have just one child had not been put in place, said a top population official in Beijing.
Post-80s: The vexed generation?
Born following the adoption of the reform and opening up policy in 1978, China's post-80s generation was always going to play an important role in the nation's development. As the country's economy and confidence has grown, so too have they.
Shanghai encourages qualified couples to have second child
Eligible couples in the city are for the first time being encouraged to have a second child, as authorities make an effort to tackle the burden of an aging population.