Nurses holding babies at the Xiyuege Centre, or “Lucky Month Home”, in Beijing. Since the late 70s, strict measures in the world's most populous country restricted most couples to only a single offspring with a system of fines for violators and even forced abortions. But concerns over an ageing population, gender imbalances and a shrinking workforce pushed authorities to end the restriction, allowing all couples a second child from January 1 2016. Photo: Agence France-Presse

China’s birth rate falls again, with 2018 producing the fewest babies since 1961, official data shows

  • New births in China fell to 15.23 million last year, the lowest since China relaxed its one-child policy in 2014.
  • It also marks the lowest official birth rate in China since 1961, however there are widely held concerns about the historical data collection, experts said
Topic |   China economy

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Nurses holding babies at the Xiyuege Centre, or “Lucky Month Home”, in Beijing. Since the late 70s, strict measures in the world's most populous country restricted most couples to only a single offspring with a system of fines for violators and even forced abortions. But concerns over an ageing population, gender imbalances and a shrinking workforce pushed authorities to end the restriction, allowing all couples a second child from January 1 2016. Photo: Agence France-Presse
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