Guangdong's provincial capital is soliciting public opinions on a revised draft of its family planning regulation, which would make it easier for remarried couples and families with disabled children to have one more child.
According to the proposal, couples would be allowed to have another child under eight situations. For example, remarried couples in Guangzhou would be allowed to have one more child if one of the spouses has no children and if the other spouse has no more than two children from previous marriages.
Currently, the other spouse must have no more than one child from previous marriages.
The family planning policy in China restricts most urban couples to just one child, but it gives exceptions and varies in different provinces. Some couples from ethnic groups or rural areas are allowed to have more than one child.
The draft document also relaxes restrictions for families with disabled children.
Families whose "children of first birth" - instead of the current phrase "first child" - are diagnosed with non-hereditary disabilities will also be able to have one more child, according to the draft.
The draft, which was published on the website of Guangzhou's legislative office on Tuesday, encourages couples to have only one child and to adhere to the latest population and family planning policies. People can give comments and suggestions to the office's e-mail box firstname.lastname@example.org before Oct 24.
Sources with the Guangzhou bureau of family planning denied any relaxation of the city's population policies.
"Only the central government has the right to adjust and change the country's family planning policies," said a source with the bureau on Wednesday, who wished to remain anonymous.
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