China reports lowest birth rate in decades — RT World News

China reported the lowest birth rate since 1978: 8.52 births per 1,000 people in 2020, and these numbers are dangerously close to the death rate.

According to the “2021 Yearbook” released by the National Bureau of Statistics, the death rate last year was 7.07 per 1,000 people. This means that the natural population growth rate has dropped from 3.32 in 2019 to the lowest level in history of 1.45. After decades of family planning policies and changing economic climate, the birth rate has been steadily declining since 2016.

Census data released in the spring of China showed that 12 million babies were born in 2020, the lowest level since 1961. The population aged 60 and above accounts for 18.8% of the 1.4 billion population and is facing a major problem of population aging.

Despite the recent decision to allow all couples to have a third child and other measures to increase the birth rate, the Chinese authorities acknowledge that more and more Chinese people of all ethnic groups are choosing late marriages and small families for economic and economic reasons. Educational reasons.

The number of marriage registrations this year has also dropped to 814.3 per 10,000 couples.

The next ten years will be a major turning point for our country’s population to enter negative growthHe Dan, director of the China Population Development Research Center, warned in an article published earlier this year.

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