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CHINA: Birthrate Plummets To Lowest Figure

China’s birthrate plummeted to a record low last year, highlighting a looming demographic crisis for Beijing caused by a rapidly aging workforce, a slowing economy, and the weakest population growth in decades.

China relaxed its “one-child policy” in 2016, allowing couples to have two children. Earlier this year that was extended to three children. But the changes have failed to result in the hoped-for baby boom, as the cost of living rises and women increasingly make their own family planning choices.

Last year, China recorded 8.52 births per 1,000 people according to the 2021 Statistical Yearbook released recently–the lowest figure since the yearbook data began in 1978.  

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