Birth Rate

Letters to the Editor, April 17, 2013

Joseph Cheng Yu-shek, convenor of the Alliance for True Democracy. Photo: May Tse

Michael Chugani refers to Joseph Cheng Yu-shek, convener of the new Alliance for True Democracy, saying "that the democrats just want the chief executive to have the right to tell mainland leaders that China should replace one-party rule with a democratic multiparty system".

Wednesday, 17 April, 2013, 3:25am 3 comments

New realities drive population policy, experts say

Axing of family planning commission reflects changing attitudes about population control, population experts said. Photo: Reuters

The decision to dissolve the National Population and Family Planning Commission demonstrates changing attitudes about population control after nearly a half of century of successful - if often brutal - efforts to control the mainland's birth rate, population experts said.

11 Mar 2013 - 6:06am

Singapore population push puts spotlight on Hong Kong

Singapore population push throws the spotlight on Hong Kong

The Lion City unveiled ambitious plans yesterday to open its doors to hundreds of thousands of expatriate workers. It was inspired by concerns about the falling birth rate and ageing population, which mirror those in Hong Kong.

30 Jan 2013 - 11:14am 16 comments

Letters to the Editor, January 24, 2013

Thick smog above an elevated highway in Beijing. Photo: EPA

Wage-rate hike will threaten small retailers

The statutory minimum wage was supposed to raise living standards for the poor, making it worthwhile for people to work. However, it has fuelled inflation as businesses pass on the higher costs to consumers.

24 Jan 2013 - 5:32am 1 comment

Hong Kong fails in attempt to halt 20-year slide in birth rate

Professor Paul Yip Siu-fai says couples without children or with one child are more willing to give birth if they are encouraged. Photo: Nora Tam

Researchers about to launch Hong Kong's largest demographic survey say attempts to halt the 20-year decline in the city's birth rate have proved ineffective. And they suggested alternative policies could have increased the birth rate by nearly a third.

16 Jan 2013 - 10:44am 9 comments

What the local media says

Former champion horse trainer Brian Kan Ping-chee. Photo: Edward Wong

Sunday, Oriental Daily

Retired horse trainer Brian Kan released from jail

12 Jan 2013 - 2:46am

South Korean youth population to be halved by 2060

After years of promoting family planning in a crowded nation of 50 million, South Korea has become increasingly alarmed by its rapidly ageing society. Photo: AFP

South Korea’s low birth rate means the size of its youth population – those aged between nine and 24 – will be slashed in half by 2060, a government report warned on Monday.

7 Jan 2013 - 1:41pm

New panel open to radical ideas to solve Hong Kong's population worries

Hongkongers are living longer, with women reaching an average of 86.7 years, putting pressure on the government to ensure quality of life for the elderly. Photo: AFP

It was deemed good news when the government said in July women in Hong Kong lived longer than anywhere else in the world, with an average age of 86.7, surpassing their Japanese counterparts for the first time. The figure for men is 80.5 years.

10 Dec 2012 - 4:59am

Teachers to retire early as secondary intake shrinks

About 700 secondary school teachers are expected to join the next round of a voluntary retirement scheme as pupil numbers shrink.

The Education Bureau will seek funding from the Legislative Council in the coming weeks to finance the scheme, although officials have not revealed how much it will cost.

30 Oct 2012 - 2:51am

Summoning up courage to change for the better

It must be difficult for those who have spent their working lives in power structures steeped in their own sense of superiority and right to rule to change their minds. Policies adopted for pragmatic reasons under one set of circumstances become articles of faith, the dogmas expounded by party chiefs, popes and mullahs.

14 May 2007 - 12:00am

Africa's population bomb

You look at the figures and you think: 'That's impossible.' Uganda had about 7 million people at independence in 1962, and in only 45 years it has grown to 30 million. By 2050, just over four more decades, there will be 130 million Ugandans, and it will be the 12th biggest country in the world, with more people than Russia or Japan.

15 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Hong Kong's greatest family crisis

The Hong Kong government naturally likes to boast when the city comes out near the top of some international league table. However, there is one key statistic where it ranks bottom of the world. For some, that may seem a blessing. But it is a situation which should be cause for some examination of the causes, effects and desirability, or possibility, of remedies.

31 May 2004 - 12:00am


A controlled birth rate and stricter family planning services will keep the country's population below 1.4 billion by the end of 2010, the State Family Planning Commission says. The commission's report submitted yesterday at the Fifth Asia-Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok also said the nation's birth rate was being kept at 1.8 children per couple.

18 Dec 2002 - 12:00am