More ‘Se­cond Chil­dren’ Born in 2017

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There were a to­tal of 11.62 mil­lion live births in China over the first eight months of 2017, rep­re­sent­ing a 2.4 per­cent yearon-year in­crease, with 52 per­cent of the ba­bies be­ing the se­cond child in their fam­i­lies.

The fig­ures were re­leased by the China Pop­u­la­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (CPA) at its lat­est con­fer­ence held in Bei­jing. Ac­cord­ing to the CPA, China saw a new peak in the birth rate in 2016 when the coun­try started lift­ing its ban on se­cond chil­dren. In 2016, China saw al­to­gether 18.46 mil­lion ba­bies born alive, 45 per­cent of whom were the se­cond child in their fam­i­lies, 15 per­cent more than that of 2013.

Wang Pei'an, deputy direc­tor of China's Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion said that China's “se­cond child” pol­icy will keep hav­ing a pos­i­tive ef­fect in the years to come.

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