To deal with the challenges of an ageing population, Beijing announced that couples can have up to three children in May last year. Photo: AFP
To deal with the challenges of an ageing population, Beijing announced that couples can have up to three children in May last year. Photo: AFP

Chinese couples still reluctant to have 3 children despite policy shift, surveys show

  • Parents listed the heavy economic burden of child rearing, insufficient time and energy and work pressure as the main obstacles to having a third child
  • While many local authorities have rolled out initiatives to encourage more births, the surveys show that current incentives are far from enough

To deal with the challenges of an ageing population, Beijing announced that couples can have up to three children in May last year. Photo: AFP
To deal with the challenges of an ageing population, Beijing announced that couples can have up to three children in May last year. Photo: AFP
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