China recorded a fertility rate of just 1.3 children per woman in 2020, the fourth consecutive year the number of new births declined. Photo: AP China recorded a fertility rate of just 1.3 children per woman in 2020, the fourth consecutive year the number of new births declined. Photo: AP
China recorded a fertility rate of just 1.3 children per woman in 2020, the fourth consecutive year the number of new births declined. Photo: AP
China economy

China population: why did Beijing opt for a three-child policy when it could scrap birth caps altogether?

  • Concerns including unbalanced regional growth and ‘vested’ bureaucratic interests may be why Beijing is clinging to family planning
  • Demographers are sceptical the new three-child policy will offset declining births, especially without incentives for parents to have children

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China recorded a fertility rate of just 1.3 children per woman in 2020, the fourth consecutive year the number of new births declined. Photo: AP China recorded a fertility rate of just 1.3 children per woman in 2020, the fourth consecutive year the number of new births declined. Photo: AP
China recorded a fertility rate of just 1.3 children per woman in 2020, the fourth consecutive year the number of new births declined. Photo: AP
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