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China Official Says Two-Child Policy Showing ‘Notable Results’

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China’s two-child policy is showing “notable results” with the fertility rate expected to rise through to 2020, a senior health official said on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of China’s annual meeting of parliament, Wang Peian, vice-minister of the National Health and Family Planning Commission said there were “notable results” in 2016, with the largest annual number of newborn babies since 2000.

Wang said 18.46 million live births were recorded last year, two million more than the average of the previous five years.

The total fertility rate also rose to 1.7 children per woman, compared to 1.5-1.6 between 2000 and 2015, he added.

China introduced its controversial “one-child policy” in the 1970s to limit population growth, but authorities are now concerned the country’s dwindling workforce will not be able to support an increasingly aging population.

In 2015, China said it would allow all married couples to have two children, to address those concerns.

Wang said the rising trend will continue through to 2020, during which the annual number of newborns is expected to range between 17 million and 19 million.

“We are very optimistic,” he added.

China’s birth rate, one of the world’s lowest, was considered an achievement by the government, which was concerned about over-population, but has since become a source of anxiety for authorities worried about an aging workforce.


8 Comments on "China Official Says Two-Child Policy Showing ‘Notable Results’"

  1. yellowcanoe on Mon, 13th Mar 2017 1:57 pm 

    If they are so concerned about having enough people to support their growing elderly population I wonder why they don’t try to stop so many people from emigrating to Western countries.

  2. Hubert on Mon, 13th Mar 2017 6:18 pm 

    Chinese are brain-dead.

  3. Sissyfuss on Mon, 13th Mar 2017 10:19 pm 

    Vice minister of Family Planning is Wang. Name makes the man.

  4. makati1 on Mon, 13th Mar 2017 10:37 pm 

    LOL Good one sissy! ^_^

  5. antaris on Mon, 13th Mar 2017 11:51 pm 

    Yellow, no need for war, just assimilate.

  6. makati1 on Tue, 14th Mar 2017 12:11 am 

    Yellow, can you give a reference of how many Chinese are actually emigrating per year and to where? A few of the elite are moving ill gotten money out of China, but not moving their bodies. Most who live in other countries have been there for generations. The so called Chinatowns. “Binondo’s Chinatown located in Manila, Philippines is the oldest Chinatown in the world, established in 1594” WIKI

    There are millions* of Americans living outside of the 50 but that does not mean that they are emigrating. The U$ population is only growing because of millions of illegal immigrants, not the white population births. Without immigration, the U$ would be in the same situation soon that Japan and several other countries are. Fewer taxpayers and higher social needs.

    * “There are no reliable figures on how many Americans live abroad, but a State Department estimate suggests that the number may be between 3 million and 8 million. Other sources estimate that there are 9 million non-military U.S. citizens living abroad.” WIKI

    I’ll watch here for that reference on Chinese Emigration. lol

  7. antaris on Tue, 14th Mar 2017 12:35 am 

    Mak you are probably right, but here in Vancouver it has been a squeeze the last 25 years. But V is a little place boxed in by mountains, ocean and USA while being the lower left smidgin of the second largest country. The Chinese are pretty good people ( unpredictable (shitty) drivers) and BMW, Mercedes dealerships love them.

  8. Davy on Tue, 14th Mar 2017 2:13 am 

    Makati, it is obvious those who can and know what is up are leaving China. It is a country of overpopulation and overdevelopment creating a toxic soup of land, air, and water destruction. The place is a dying ecosystem and the rich who can want to leave that. So you can talk up the Chinese all you like but their situation is grim and can only get worse having 1.3BIL going into a collapse process. They have mega cities now and mechanized agriculture with zero future. Sure there are some barely subsistent Chinese farmers but few and considering the hordes who are no longer sustainable these people can kiss their future goodbye when the stampede begins.

    The die off will be worse in Asia because of the damage done by industrialization multiplied by population. In China 1BIL people need to die off over a generation to get them to an adapted 1900 population number. This adapted figure is 400MIL less one hundred million for the cleanup costs of modernism. That is a horrible future you are bragging about. The same is true elsewhere so don’t do your fancy finger pointing shifting activity to the west. This conversation is Asia and Asia is so much more dramatic than anywhere else. You Philippines need to drop from 100MIL to 7.5MIL that is pretty dramatic so sober up as you sit in your condo above 20MIL people tapping away on your keyboard of denial.

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