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

    Posted Jul 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... They are certainly right that China's fertility rate is low. In the late 1960s, the average woman could expect to bear six children over the course of her lifetime. By 2010, that number had plunged ... of Beijing's draconian family planning laws. What's more, in the 10 years following the policy's introduction, the fertility rate barely changed. As a result, it is clear that those who blame ...

  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. ... coverage even at the current relatively low rate are expected to increase from 3 per cent now to 10 per cent of gross domestic product by 2030, and to 15 per cent of GDP by 2050. A dwindling ...

  3. Don't blame the global crisis on China's one-child policy

    Posted Jun 04th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... savings are higher in China than many other economies. At the same time, the total fertility rate is low at just 1.7 babies per woman, while the sex ratio is monstrously skewed, at 123 baby boys for every 100 girls. But blaming the one-child policy doesn't work. Although China's fertility rate has fallen since the policy was introduced, it seems likely that the drop is more ...

  4. Ruinous one-child policy is a violation of human rights

    Posted Jun 30th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... is the necessary price to pay for national survival and economic development, the future of the country is also at stake. First, a rapid reduction of the fertility rate under the one-child policy, combined ... conditions are now in place for a 'safe' withdrawal of the policy- lower fertility rate, a sound economic environment and growing education levels. It is now the right time for Beijing ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Old ideas about age

    Posted Nov 04th 2010, 12:00am by Michael Edesess

    ... the combined population of provinces with fertility rates below 1.5 is over a billion, twice that of all other countries. The theory suggests that the demographic transition spurs economic growth. ... First, death rates are cut by better public health care and cures for diseases. Second, adults bear fewer children because of their higher survival rate. Step two doesn't immediately follow ...

  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. Confucian confusion a blow to women

    Posted Jan 17th 2010, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... women whose husbands were not Hong Kong residents and 7,228 were to the mainland wives of locals. The mainland influx may sustain Hong Kong's population when the fertility rate of local ... with replacement-level fertility. It is unclear how far Hong Kong families are being influenced by the gender prejudices of mainlanders. This may all signal a retrograde trend to a focus on 'traditional ...

  9. 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, ...

  10. 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 ...




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