Xu Yufang, who was born in 1982, poses for a photograph in Shanghai
Xu Yufang, who was born in 1982, poses for a photograph in Shanghai August 22, 2014. Yufang said: "I longed to have a brother to protect me, because I'm alone." Reuters Photographer Carlos Barria photographed a person born in each year China?s one child policy has been in existence; from a man born in 1979, to a baby born in 2014, and asked them if they would have like to have siblings. China, the world's most populous country with nearly 1.4 billion people, says the country's one-child policy has averted 400 million births since 1980, saving scarce food resources and helping to pull families out of poverty. Couples violating the policy have had to pay a fine, or in some cases have been forced to undergo abortions. But late last year, China said it would allow millions of families to have two children, part of a plan to raise fertility rates and ease the financial burden on a rapidly ageing population. Picture taken August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS PORTRAIT)
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