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Birth rates keep falling in China; by 30 percent in one mega city

The number of births in China fell in the first six months of 2019 in both urban and rural areas, latest rounds of country-wide surveys have revealed, indicating a reluctance among couples to have a second child three years after Beijing abolished the one-child policy.

The falling birth rates differ from region to region.

In Chongqing, one of China’s four directly-administered municipalities with a population of 31 million, the rate of new births fell by a sharp 30 percent; in real terms, there were 68,400 fewer births compared to the same period last year.

Surveys in hospitals and communities in provinces (or states) like Shaanxi, Anhui, Sichuan and Hebei found a shrinking newborn population in the first half, with the rate of decrease ranging from 3 percent to 10 percent, state-run English newspaper, China Daily reported.

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