China’s birth crisis is being compounded by the country’s rapidly ageing population. Photo: Getty Images
China’s birth crisis is being compounded by the country’s rapidly ageing population. Photo: Getty Images

Has China’s population peaked? Drop in newborn screening underscores birth crisis

  • Data on screening rates for birth defects indicates the number of newborns fell in Henan, the country’s third-most-populous province, in the first six months of the year
  • The statistics underline the growing demographic crisis facing the world’s No 2 economy, which is also grappling with a fast-ageing population

China’s birth crisis is being compounded by the country’s rapidly ageing population. Photo: Getty Images
China’s birth crisis is being compounded by the country’s rapidly ageing population. Photo: Getty Images
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