Fig­ures show two-child pol­icy work­ing

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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)

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