Figures show two-child policy working
In the first half of 2016, the proportion of Chinese newborns who were second children grew to 44.7 percent of total newborns.
That’s an increase of some 6.9 percentage points over the proportion of second-child newborns for the whole of 2015, which was 37.9 percent. A total of 8.31 million newborns were registered nationwide this year by the end of June, according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission.
Some regions, mostly large cities, are beginning to see second children comprising more than half of local newborns, the commission said.
Data indicate that it’s the highest proportion of second children since China introduced its family planning policies in the late 1970s, limiting most couples to just one child, the commission told China Daily. (Photo 1)