National birthrate is expected to increase
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)