Na­tional birthrate is ex­pected to in­crease

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

A new peak in births is likely to oc­cur as a re­sult of China’s re­lax­ing its fam­ily plan­ning pol­icy and could con­tinue for sev­eral years, ac­cord­ing to ex­perts.

They es­ti­mate that the num­ber of ba­bies born an­nu­ally will rise by more than 1 mil­lion from cur­rent lev­els.

Last year, 16.87 mil­lion ba­bies were born in China, 470,000 more than in 2013, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Bureau of Statis­tics. The num­ber of births de­clined steadily be­tween 1999, when more than 18 mil­lion ba­bies were born, and 2006.

Since late 2013, 29 of the 31 pro­vin­cial re­gions on the main­land have en­acted poli­cies that al­low cou­ples to have a sec­ond baby if ei­ther part­ner is a sin­gle child, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion. (Photo 3)

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