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Despite 2-child policy, China sees fewest births in almost 60 years in 2018

The number of babies born last year fell by some 2 million from 2017, to 15.23 million, it was the least since 1961 and the third-lowest since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949

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Mao Zedong  |  China  |  Taiwan

Bloomberg 

Births in China dropped to the lowest level in almost 60 years in 2018, signaling the country’s looser two-child policy has done little to reverse its slowing birthrate, and worsening the outlook for growth in the world’s second-largest economy. The number of babies born last year fell by some 2 million from 2017, to 15.23 million, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Monday.

Demographer He Yafu said it was the least since 1961 and the third-lowest since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. The demographics stand to fuel ...

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First Published: Mon, January 21 2019. 12:09 IST
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