Birthrate will be higher in 2015

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

XIN­HUA

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).

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