Birthrate mov­ing to dan­ger­ous low level: Re­port

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

Ex­perts are call­ing for an ac­cel­er­ated scrap­ping of China’s one-child pol­icy as the na­tion’s birthrate moves to­ward a dan­ger­ously low level.

The fer­til­ity rate in China is now 1.4 chil­dren per woman, almost touch­ing the warn­ing line of 1.3 that is rec­og­nized glob­ally as the “low fer­til­ity trap”, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased by the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences.

“The low fer­til­ity rate will re­sult in other prob­lems such as a short­age in the la­bor force and the eco­nomic bur­den from an ag­ing so­ci­ety,” said Lu Yang, an as­so­ciate re­searcher from the In­sti­tute of Pop­u­la­tion and La­bor Eco­nomics at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences.

In Novem­ber last year, the na­tional gov­ern­ment eased some re­stric­tions, al­low­ing a cou­ple to have a sec­ond child if ei­ther of them is an only child. The pol­icy has been im­ple­mented in many ci­ties and prov­inces, but is not yet in place na­tion­wide. (Photo 4)

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