No local government will openly acknowledge that it is allowing third children. And in many places, restrictions continue to be strictly enforced. “Birth policy in China is in a logjam now,” said Wang Feng, a sociology professor at the University of California, Irvine. … “Officials all saw the writing on the wall,” Prof. Wang said. One effect, he said, is that enforcement of the two-child policy has been “lax and sporadic, varying from locale to locale.”

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