Only 18% of cou­ples ap­ply to have sec­ond child

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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