Only 18% of couples apply to have second child
China’s latest family planning policy, which allows all parents to have a second child, is facing a major setback and demographic change seems irreversible, sohu. com reported.
The report notes that only 18 percent of the 11 million qualified couples have applied to have a second child since China loosened its decades-long one-child population policy in 2013.
Most couples in China, especially in the cities, have decided not to have a second child as a result of fast-rising family expenses. A recent study shows only 12.5 percent of couples are willing to raise a second child in Shanghai. There are also some families that have chosen to respect the wishes of their first child and not have a second child.
The second-child policy is aimed at alleviating the problems of an aging population and the gender imbalance in China. There are about 220 million people aged 60 or older in China, or about 16 percent of the population.