BEIJING – China will stick to and improve its current family planning policy and maintain a low birth rate, President Hu Jintao has said.
Hu, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks Tuesday at the 28th group study of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.
Population is a key factor in economic and social development that concerns the success of China's reform and opening up, as well as the future of the Chinese nation, Hu said.
China is a big developing country with a population of more than 1.3 billion, which is a fundamental reality that should be kept in mind when making decisions and taking actions, he said.
China should adhere to the basic state policy of family planning and deal with its population problems with the aim of achieving all-round development of people, he said.
The president also called for efforts in improving population quality and building China into a country strong in human resources. Problems concerning the birth sex ratio should be addressed, and gender equity efforts enhanced, he said.
Hu stressed orderly migration and reasonable distribution of people, and that management and services for the floating population should be improved.
Further, the president urged efforts to improve the systems of social security and old-age services. China should formulate and implement strategies and policies to cope with the aging of population.– Xinhua