Beijing – (AFP)
Last year, China’s birth rate fell to its lowest level in more than 40 years, despite efforts by the communist regime to force families to have more children.
Although the Chinese allowed two children in 2016 and three children up to this year, Chinese society is at risk of aging and declining labor numbers.
Even in light of the COVID-19 epidemic that has isolated millions of couples by the beginning of 2020, the birth rate drops sharply to 8.52 births per 1,000 live births, according to the 2021 Chinese Yearbook of Statistics.
This figure is the lowest since the Statistical Yearbook was published in 1978.
The birth rate in China in 2019 reached 10.41 births per thousand, while the National Statistics Office reports that last year saw the largest drop in the number since the establishment of communist rule in 1949.
In light of the high cost of living, especially education and housing, it seems that the authorities’ insistence that citizens adopt children does not affect them.
The number of marriages also fell to a 17-year low last year, with only 8.14 million couples getting married by 2020.
The number of divorce cases has also dropped for the first time in more than 30 years, after the husband imposed a one-month deadline on the wife to think carefully about the decision to divorce.
Chinese statistics raise suspicions.The Bloomberg Agency estimates the number of births has dropped by 1.6 million between 2000 and 2010, in light of the discrepancies between the National Bureau of Statistics’s annual statistics and the results of a ten-year census.
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