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Health & Fit China's birthrate hit record low in 2019

16:25  17 january  2020
16:25  17 january  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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Officials hoped that a reversal of China ’ s one-child policy would significantly raise the birthrate , but that has not materialized.Credit Gilles Sabrié for About 14.6 million babies were born in China in 2019 , according to the National Bureau of Statistics. That was a nearly 4 percent fall from the previous year

China ’ s birthrate dropped to the lowest level since at least 1949 last year and the labor force continued to shrink, in the latest sign of slowing China ’ s working-age population — those aged 16 to 59 — declined by 890,000, the figures released Friday showed. The number of newborns in 2019 fell

Chinese mothers gave birth to 14.65 million children last year, a birth rate of 10.48 babies per 1,000 people, according to figures from the National Bureau of Statistics.

China's demographic issues could pose serious issues for the world's second-largest economy when the current working-age population reaches retirement. Experts worry if the trend continues, or the population begins shrinking, China may get old before it gets rich.

Demographers have long pointed to China's "one-child policy" as the culprit of the country's current population problems. For decades, couples in China were limited to only having a single child, unless they were willing to break the law or had the money to work around the system.

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China ’ s birthrate dropped to the lowest level since at least 1949 last year and the labor force continued to shrink, in the latest sign of slowing China ’ s working-age population -- those aged 16 to 59 -- declined by 890,000, the figures released Friday showed. The number of newborns in 2019 fell

A government report estimates that 3,853,472 babies were born nationally last year -- the fewest in 30 years and down from a 2007 record high of 4,316,233.

Experts say the policy had dire effects on age demographics and sex ratio, as many poor, rural families who prized boys due to traditional cultural values went to extreme measures to ensure their child's sex.

More than 250 million Chinese were over 60 years old last year, the statistics released Friday reveal. They make up more than 18% of the population.

The figure is forecast to rise to a third of the population by 2050 -- or 480 million people. A study published by a leading state-sponsored Chinese think tank last year found that the country will face an "unstoppable" population decline over the coming decades, with fewer and fewer workers struggling to support an increasingly aging society.

The ruling Communist Party has attempted to combat demographic issues by encouraging families to have more babies, but many middle class families are wary to do so because of financial considerations.

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(Bloomberg) -- China ’ s birthrate dropped to the lowest level since at least 1949 last year and the labor force continued to shrink, in the latest sign of China ’ s working-age population -- those aged 16 to 59 -- declined by 890,000, the figures released Friday showed. The number of newborns in 2019 fell to

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A survey conducted in 2017 found that more than 50% of families have no intention of having a second child, with many saying they believed it was too expensive.

However, it's unclear how reliable the figures are, as Beijing has been accused of meddling with its statistics for political gain by Western governments and academics like Yi Fuxian, who studies Chinese demographics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Yi said in a statement that the numbers are likely overstated because they are heavily influenced by external factors.

China's neighbors in Northeast Asia are dealing with similar demographic issues -- graying populations that aren't having enough children to replace them.

The number of babies born in Japan in 2019 fell to 864,000 -- the lowest since records began in 1899 -- according to a report published the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

South Korea's fertility rate hit a record low last year of 0.98, or fewer than one baby per woman in the population. To maintain a stable population, countries need a fertility rate of 2 -- anything above that indicates population growth.

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