China is to relax its policy of restricting most couples to have only a single child, state media say.
In future, families will be allowed two children if one parent is an only child, says the Xinhua news agency.
The one-child policy already exempts rural dwellers and ethnic minorities.The move comes after this week’s meeting of a key decision-making body of the governing Communist Party. Other reforms include the abolition of “re-education through labour” camps.
The network of camps created half a century ago holds thousands of inmates who are made to undergo re-education, known as “laojiao”.
Police panels have the power to sentence offenders to years in camps without a trial. China’s leaders have previously said they wanted to reform the system.