China will continue to adhere to the family planning policy in the long run,
the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee
said at a conference in Beijing Thursday.
The conference, presided by General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee Hu
Jintao, described family planning as a key factor in economic and social
The meeting urged continued research on population development strategies,
improvement of population quality based on a low birthrate, better technological
and service levels in family planning and reining in a rising gender imbalance.
The focus of population and family planning efforts must shift from purely
controlling the numbers to stabilizing the low birthrate, it said.
China would now have had 400 million more people if the policy decreeing most
couples to have only one child had not been put in place, official statistics
The country's population officially reached 1.3 billion in January last year.
Formulated in the early 1970s, the family planning policy encourages late
marriages and childbearing.
Yesterday's meeting also decided to convene the annual Central Working
Conference on the Economy in the near future.
Although remarkable achievements have been made in the economic realm this
year, some deep-rooted problems including an imbalanced economic structure and
an inefficient growth pattern have not been effectively addressed, the meeting
The government should continue to improve its economic macro-control policies
next year, further boost reform and opening-up, step up conservation of
resources and better protect the environment, the meeting said.
It called for further efforts to push forward economic growth in a fast and
sound manner so as to create a good environment for the 17th CPC National
Congress scheduled for the latter half of next year.