The PLA has increasingly sought more educated recruits, but has had to cast the net wider to conscript the numbers it needs. Photo: Barcroft Media via Getty Images
The PLA has increasingly sought more educated recruits, but has had to cast the net wider to conscript the numbers it needs. Photo: Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Chinese military faces challenge from falling fertility rate

  • People’s Liberation Army has expanded its sources of troops, including lowering education, height and eyesight requirements
  • New census showed 2020 fertility rate was 1.3 children per woman, below the level needed for a stable population

Topic |   China's military
The PLA has increasingly sought more educated recruits, but has had to cast the net wider to conscript the numbers it needs. Photo: Barcroft Media via Getty Images
The PLA has increasingly sought more educated recruits, but has had to cast the net wider to conscript the numbers it needs. Photo: Barcroft Media via Getty Images
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