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  1. Scrapping the one-child policy won't boost China's birth rate

    Posted Jul 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... boom. Now, however, academics are beginning to worry that the policy has been too effective at suppressing China's birth rate. Unless people are allowed to have more babies soon, they warn ... to just 1.6, well below the 2.1 rate needed to maintain population numbers. But as the first chart shows, the big fall in China's birth rate took place in the mid-1970s, before the imposition ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China's one-child policy must be changed before it's too late

    Posted Mar 23rd 2013, 12:00am by ANDREW LEUNG

    ... before it's too late Grey days ahead Thanks to longer life expectancy and the one-child policy, for well over a decade China's fertility rate has remained below replacement levels. ... the government-backed China Development Research Foundation recommended that two children per family be allowed by 2015 and that all birth restrictions be lifted by 2020. And, according to report in the China ...

  3. Birth of Sansha city signals death of diplomacy in South China Sea dispute

    Posted Aug 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Trefor Moss Was it Deng Xiaoping who said that possession is nine-tenths of the law? No matter. China is actively applying this simple precept in the South China Sea, a disputed region where it knows that boots on the ground count for a lot more than expr ...

  4. China's blessing- its 400m missing people

    Posted Oct 25th 2007, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... fewer births and longer birth intervals- brought the fertility rate down from 5.7 babies per woman in 1970 to 2.9 by 1979. That is one of the fastest birth-rate drops seen anywhere at any time- ... created such a backlash that no one has dared to suggest it since. And yet, they argue, India's birth rate has also plummeted over the subsequent generation. From a fertility rate of 6.3 ...

  5. Should China abandon its one-child policy?

    Posted Mar 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of the mainland's modernisation drive, said the first step towards boosting the country's economy was to control the birth rate. A lower birth rate has helped millions of poor people achieve a better quality of life. The government is also better able to allocate limited resources and support individuals. With a higher birth rate, resources- including health care- would be stretched ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China must solve its daughter deficit

    Posted Apr 06th 2013, 12:00am by TSUNG-MEI CHENG

    ... directly to the imbalanced sex ratio at birth in China and India. Recent evidence also shows that more female fetuses are being aborted in Europe than previously thought, especially in the Balkans. According to demographers, a male-to-female sex ratio at birth of about 106:100 is the current norm, as the mortality rate among male infants and children tend to be higher than among girls. ...

  7. News - China

    China losing top-notch talent 'at highest rate in world'

    Posted Jun 07th 2013, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Beijing China losing its best talent at highest rate in the world, says official from working group Outflow of top students causing a brain drain China is losing top-notch talent at the highest rate in the world as students who seek degrees abroad opt to remain overseas, the official People's Daily reported yesterday. An average of 87 per cent of students ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Now is the right time for interest rate reforms in China

    Posted May 16th 2013, 12:00am by Hu Shuli

    ... control of rates now would be in everybody's interest Now is the right time to loosen state controls on interest and exchange rates, a move that can only serve to boost China's market ... of measures to liberalise interest rates and exchange rates. As early as 1992, the government's intention to eventually adopt such measures was clear and now, after more than 20 years, ...

  9. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Mainland China banks stay put on mortgage rates and down payment requirement

    Posted Mar 15th 2013, 12:00am by JANE CAI, Kwong Man-ki

    ... Jane Cai and Kwong Man-ki in Beijing Requirement on down payment also remains unchanged after new property measures Mainland lenders stay put on mortgage rates Mainland banks have yet to raise mortgage rates after a new round of property curbs was announced at the end of last month. In a bid to crack down on speculation that has helped fuel a strong rally in prices since ...

  10. Business - China Business - MANUFACTURING

    China churns out top ratings as world's factory

    Posted May 14th 2013, 12:00am by Kwong Man-ki

    ... Kwong Man-ki in Beijing phoenix.kwong@scmp.com World's factory churns out top corporate ratings Global manufacturers have picked China as the top sourcing destination outside their home countries, cementing the mainland's status as the world's factory, a survey has found. The survey, conducted by global accounting firm KPMG in November last year, said ...




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