US News China in search of a new baby boom

11:05  07 march  2021
11:05  07 march  2021 Source:   slate.fr

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Wang Yasong has zero plans to have children even after getting married last July. She prefers her two adopted cats over crying babies , and spends days and dimes on treats for the black-and-white fluffballs, rather than diapers for an infant. “It’s okay to have kids if I find them cute while looking at them, but I don’t,” she said. “Cats are way cuter than kids.”. Ms Wang, 28, is among a growing group of women in China whose personal choices are contributing to a record-low birth rate, as the country grapples with fallout from the one-child policy – even after it was scrapped five years ago.

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Good economic news for China: it continued to grow during the pandemic, specialists agreeing to say that it will overtake the United States from 2028. Regarding the future, there is on the other hand, several caveats, which worry observers. There are three of them: the gradual decline in the number of active and active workers, the imbalance in births (there are currently ,114 boys born for every 100 girls ), and an accelerated aging of the population, which is one of the champions of the genre.

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If her baby had been delivered during 2015, she would've faced the hefty bill. The country is expected to welcome as many as eight million extra new babies each year after the abolition of the controversial one-child policy, ushering in a new era of brothers and sisters for Chinese families. China ’s Health and Family Planning Commission says 90 million couples now qualify for a second child under the new rules. The one-child policy was in place for more than three decades in China to control population growth. It also spawned the abuses of forced abortions and sterilizations and led to more boys being

Many couples in China are keen to have a baby in the auspicious Year of the Dragon - but could this put public services under pressure? The dragon is the only mythical creature of the zodiac's 12 animals - and it is believed to be especially lucky. It means many couples across Asia are making an extra effort to give birth to "dragon babies ". This threatens to trigger a fertility boom and put public services under pressure, as the BBC's Hong Kong correspondent, Juliana Liu, reports.

According to authorities, births are down 15% in 2020 compared to last year, reports the Washington Post . The birth rate has reached unprecedented divides. At this rate, the country's population is expected to start shrinking as early as 2027, according to a calculation by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The latter provides another worrying figure: from 2025, more than 20% of Chinese and Chinese will be over 65 years old.

The lifting of the one-child policy in 2016 was not enough: China will have to move up a gear if it wishes to maintain its strike force. If it is now allowed to have two children, the limit could be further raised, as is already the case in some provinces, the maximum is three. The country says it wants to carry out an “optimal” and “inclusive” birth policy in order to support families who wish to have several children.

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China ’s smaller cities are struggling to cope with a baby boom after the nation ended its one-child policy in 2015, demonstrating that it’s too early to further relax the new two-child ceiling. So says lawmaker Sun Xiaomei, who criticizes calls for an immediate easing of the current two-child policy "They probably draw conclusions simply from what’s happening in the big cities. Things are not as they have imagined." Sun is at odds with an increasing number of academics who say the introduction of a two-child policy is too little, too late to address the nation’s aging population and shrinking workforce.

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A straight marriage or nothing

The contours of this policy are still unclear. Only straight married couples currently have access to medical assistance. Single women are currently deprived of in vitro fertilization or egg freezing, and the Chinese Health Commission recently clarified that this will not change anytime soon.

"They say that children must have fathers, and that a woman can only become a mother if there is a legal father," explains feminist activist Xiao Meili. "The government is forcing the link between marriage and parenthood." The young woman is part of a group that campaigns so that unmarried couples, same-sex couples and single people also have the right to be helped to become parents.

Among the measures proposed by the Chinese government, there is the lowering of the minimum age for marriage. So far it has been 20 for women and 22 for men, but the bar could be lowered to 18 for all. This could make it possible for couples to become parents earlier ... and therefore to feel more capable and willing to have more children.

Bringing up the limit on the number of births will probably not be enough, since certain categories of the population seem to renounce parenthood en masse: this is the case, for example, of couples living in cities, discouraged by the cost of living and social pressure related to the education of a child. Elsewhere, families generally continue to be content with just one child, as the one-child policy introduced from 1979 to 2016 created a number of habits that will hardly be abandoned.

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