The Chinese Couple Who Dared to Have a Third Child

GUANGDONG, South China — Xue Ruiquan follows the same routine each morning. After a 7 a.m. jog, he prepares breakfast for his wife and three children and then drives his eldest son — Chongchong — to school. “OK, off you go,” he says as he drops off the 7-year-old. “Dad needs to go to work now.”

But Xue is lying. The 44-year-old and his wife, Xie Zhengning, have been unemployed…



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