China has abolished its one-child family planning policy. Beijing says the move aims to deal with economic problems prompted by an aging population. Introduced in 1979, it led to an imbalanced gender ratio because of a preference for boys.
The appointments will impact China's economic reform efforts and its drive to modernize its armed forces. The National People's Congress also confirmed appointments to the posts of finance, commerce and foreign minister.
Both the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the right-wing League have claimed victory after the first elections held under the new electoral system. Italy's neighbors are looking for stability.
Going by growth forecasts, this is a pretty good time for the world economy. Yet a new report warns of big risks, some of which are already coming to bear through US trade policy and stock market jitters.
Thanks to a constitutional change, Chinese presidents will be able to extend their terms indefinitely. More power means more responsibility, says DW’s Frank Sieren.
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