China's births may fall below 10m annually in next five years
CHINA could see its number of births slide below 10 million annually in the next five years if the government does not quickly abolish its policy of limiting families to two children, an expert was quoted in domestic media as saying.
China's total population may also fall in a few years, Dong Yuzheng, director at the Guangdong Academy of Population Development, told Yicai, a Chinese financial news outlet.
The number of babies born in China fell by 580,000 to 14.65 million in 2019 and the birth rate of 10.48 per thousand was the lowest since 1949 when present methods of collating data began, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.
It has yet to disclose a figure for last year, although it typically releases such data at the end of February. The country's falling birth rate and its rapidly greying society is expected to test its ability to pay and care for its elderly.
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