Birthrate moving to dangerous low level: Report
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)