Birthrate will be higher in 2015
China is expecting at least 1 million more births in 2015 than last year, as a result of policy changes.
A total of 16.9 million babies were born in 2014, 470,000 more than in 2013, said the China Population Association (CPA).
According to the CPA, since the 1990s, the annual number of newborns has decreased from more than 20 million to around 16 million. The lowest number was 15.8 million in 2006.
Yang Wenzhuang of the National Health and Family Planning Commission said the number of Chinese women of childbearing age has declined while the number of births has increased, showing the effect of changes to the birth policy.
The changed policy was piloted in east China’s Zhejiang province in January 2014, and couples nationwide may now have a second child if either parent is an only child.
As of the end of 2014, around 1 million couples had applied to have a second child.
Soldiers of the Altay Frontier Police Force take part in cold weather training on Monday in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, where the temperature in winter averages -30 Celsius (-22 Fahrenheit).