China population 2021: births may drop to lowest on record, Jefferies Financial Group analysis shows
- Analysis of local government data showed that newborns may have fallen by 17 per cent in some regions in the first half of the year
- Chinese mothers gave birth to 12 million babies last year, down from 14.65 million in 2019, marking an 18 per cent decline year on year
The number of babies born in China this year may drop to the lowest since at least 1950, according to Jefferies Financial Group, one of the reasons why the government is cracking down on industries like education to bring down costs and promote bigger families.
Extending that drop to the whole country means “there is a risk that newborns might fall below 10 million in 2021,” they said.