No stop­ping birth de­cline, ex­pert says

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

The num­ber of births in China is ex­pected to con­tinue to fall this year, de­spite be­ing the third year since the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a na­tional pol­icy de­signed to en­cour­age cou­ples to have a se­cond child, ac­cord­ing to Zhai Zhenwu, pres­i­dent of the China Pop­u­la­tion As­so­ci­a­tion. The num­ber of births in China in­creased in 2016 — a to­tal of 17.86 mil­lion, the largest num­ber since 2000. The uni­ver­sal se­cond child pol­icy, in­tro­duced to counter a dwin­dling work­force and an ag­ing of the pop­u­la­tion, was en­acted at the be­gin­ning of that year. How­ever, births last year de­creased by 630,000, con­tra­dict­ing the pre­dic­tions of many pop­u­la­tion ex­perts and prompt­ing many to doubt whether the new pol­icy had any ef­fect.

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