Demographic crisis for China as birth rate hits lowest since 1949

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Beijing: China’s birth rate has dropped last year to its lowest level since 1949. This has added concern that an ageing society will impact on a slowing economy.

The Chinese government has relaxed its one-child policy in 2016 to allow people to have two children. However, the change of policy has not resulted in more pregnancies.

Data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released on Friday said in 2019 that the birth rate stood at 10.48 per 1,000 people. The number of births has now fallen for three consecutive years.

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