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Through the Years with China’s One-Child Policy

Faces of China's one-child policy.

Reuters Photographer Carlos Barria photographed a person born every year that China’s one child policy has been in existence, and asked them if they would have preferred to have siblings. China initiated a one-child policy in 1979 to curb population growth, but has relaxed it in recent months.

"I wish I had a sister. I prefer to have a sister rather than a brother. I have a lot of friends who have a brother and they usually fight with each other. I think it would be very funny but I would prefer to have a sister," said Cai Hua, born in 1979.

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"I wish I could have one brother because I am the only child in my family and while I do have lots of cousins, I'm the oldest one. So sometimes I wish I had an older brother to take care of me. Growing up, I think I missed having male role models," said Zhou Y, born in 1981.

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Wang Qi'an, born in 2003, said: "No because I have investigated all my classmates who have brothers or sisters. None of them perform well in their studies."

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"I'm a single child. I don't want to have any brother or sister. I have cousins, I would say we love each other and we have very good connections. So I never feel I need a brother or a sister," said Liu Yun who was born in 1984.

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Liu Yuwei was born in 2006, and said she would like siblings "because I want to play with them."

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Yao Jihan was born in 2000, and was indecisive about his preference. "No. I don't know. Maybe, maybe, because it's troublesome. If there is one more person in this house, the room will not be big enough to hold two children. I don't feel lonely because I have a lot of friends."

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"I have a cousin. I'd like to have a brother. Because we would be able to play together. I want more friends. We would be able to help each other in our studies," Ding Tieru, born in 2002.

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Ding Zhongcheng, who was born in 2008, was open to the idea: "I don't want to have older brothers or sisters or younger ones either, because I don't want them to mess up all the things in the house. If there was a chance that my mother could give birth to older siblings, then I would accept it."

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