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Published (as Chapter 17) in Mihaela Robila, ed., Handbook of Family Policies Across the Globe (Springer, 2014), pp. 257-272; doi: 10.1007/978-1-4614-6771-7_17


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The Chinese family policies are shaped by the country’s political, socioeconomic, and cultural contexts and have evolved over the years. China has passed its most significant family policies and laws in marriage; child rearing; child, women, and elderly protection; family planning; and health care in the past 60 years. This chapter will cover the most important laws and policies that affect Chinese families from 1950 to 2010. The discussion focuses on policy development, implementation and analysis, and the challenges China faces in relation to these policy issues.