The number of births in 2021 is the lowest in decades in several provinces.
China’s population is expected to begin to decline before 2025, reveals the Chinese newspaper Global Times, which points out that the 2021 birthrate data, released by 29 provinces and regions in China, showed that the number of births in the last year is the lowest in recent decades in several provinces.
The Chinese state-backed newspaper reveals that it was in Guangdong, Henan, Shandong, Sichuan, Hebei, Anhui, Guangxi, Jiangsu, Hunan, and Guizhou that more children were born, but only six out of ten of these provinces saw the number of births exceed 500 thousand. Guangdong was the only province where more than one million babies were born.
In Hunan province, it was the first time in more than 60 years that the number had dropped below 500,000. In Henan, however, since 1978, no fewer than 800,000 babies have been born, and in Jiangxi the number has dropped below 400,000 for the first time since the 1950s.
According to Yang Wenzhuang, head of population and family affairs at China’s National Health Commission, the country’s total population growth rate is expected to turn negative in 2021-2025.
To the Global Times, experts explained that “this is the inevitable result of a long period of low fertility rate”. “China’s birth rate can be predicted to continue to decline for more than a century,” added Huang Wenzheng, a demography expert and senior researcher at the Center for China and Globalization.
Source: With Agencies