“Chinese officials are reportedly considering ending the country’s restrictions on childbirth and will start introducing policies to encourage having children in response to slowing economic growth and an aging population, The Wall Street Journal reports.
At least one policy maker told the newspaper that officials in Beijing are currently discussing whether to end the restrictions on births once the current five-year economic plan ends in 2025. This person said that China will most likely start by getting rid of the restrictions on the number of births in provinces where the birthrate is the lowest in the country.
A recent census showed that China had 12 million births last year, a decline of 18% from the 14.65 million born the year before. China’s population, which is about 1.41 billion in total, only grew by 72 million over the last ten years.
The census also showed that China is approaching a historic drop in its population, prompting the country’s ruling Chinese Communist Party to announce that couples will be allowed to have up to three children, instead of the previous two-child limit that replaced the one-child policy about five years ago.
“It’s unprecedented,” said Yi Fuxian, researcher based in the United States who has been a vocal critic of China’s policies towards population growth. “It signals how concerned [Chinese President] Xi Jinping is.”
Comment: “Send us more Japs!” transmitted US Marine Major Devereux from Wake Island after he and his men had repelled several landing attempts. Don’t kid yourself. If the Chinese government/CCP relaxes these laws because they think there should be more Chinese your children or grandchildren will face them in battle somewhere, someplace.
The phenomenon of rapidly falling birth rates seem universal but the Chinese Communists are unwilling to accept that. Why? pl