China’s fertility rate hit a record low in 2020. The government is trying to cope with the declining labor force and the aging population, but it is facing severe demographics.
According to the latest yearbook of the National Bureau of Statistics, last year there were 8.5 births per 1,000 people, the lowest in the data since 1978.
The government has not given a reason for the sharp drop in the birth rate, but the world’s second-largest economy has dramatically increased population.Newly shown to be slowing downConfirmed numerically.China’s population decline could begin this year at the earliestSome demographers estimate.
Last year’s births were 12 million, but the National Health Commission’s Deputy Chief of the School Army said in July that the number of births would decline again this year.
China’s births are expected to decline again this year-National Health Commission Deputy Chief
Original title:China’s Record-Low Birth Rate Underscores Population Challenges（抜粋）