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Jan 22, 2019 07:40 PM
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China’s Total Number of Births Dropped Over 10% Last Year

Parents push strollers with their children in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Photo: VCG
Parents push strollers with their children in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Photo: VCG

The total number of births in China last year dropped by 2 million from 2017, the National Bureau of Statistics announced at a news conference on Monday.

The massive drop — from 17.23 million to 15.23 million — indicates that China’s birth rate last year was the lowest the country has seen since famine-stricken 1961.

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Some demographic experts began predicting that the number of annual births would drop by about 2 million at the end of last year, but the confirmation from official statistics is a stark reminder that China is facing a population crisis. An aging population and shrinking workforce will cause major strains on the economy and welfare system.

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