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Couples Not Delivering on Beijing’s Push for Two Babies

Experts are calling for tax breaks and other incentives to encourage couples to have a second child.  Photo: Visual China
Experts are calling for tax breaks and other incentives to encourage couples to have a second child. Photo: Visual China

Dreams of a baby boom continue to evade Chinese officials.

Fewer babies were born in China in 2017 – 630,000 fewer – than the year before, despite Beijing having ended the decades-long policy restricting most couples to one child.

A mini baby boomlet was seen in 2016 when the new government policy took effect allowing Chinese couples to have two children. That year, 1.31 million more babies were born compared with 2015. But even with that rise, annual births reached 17.86 million, not the official prediction of 18 million newborns.

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