China allows three-child families.
The rate of birth is falling, and the populace is maturing. The government now wants to influence this. However, many Chinese had recently got used to small families.
The Chinese government has relaxed its two-child policy and allows couples to have three children in the future. According to the state news agency Xinhua, the measure will help to “actively respond to the ageing population,” announced the Communist Party’s Politburo. The change, of course, should go hand in hand with “supportive measures that help improve the population structure of our country,” the report said. When precisely the permit for a three-child family should apply, initially remained open.
The choice came half a month after an enumeration that showed a sharp drop in the birth rate in the planet’s most crowded country. In the past ten years, China’s population has only grown by 0.53 per cent annually to 1.41 billion people – more slowly than it has been in decades. Statistically, a woman in China has 1.3 children.
After the new target was announced, stock market prices rose for companies in the artificial insemination, obstetrics and baby products sectors. Many users on social media reacted critically to the Chinese government’s plans. They pointed to the sharp rise in the cost of living in cities, which is why many couples forego children altogether.
The one-child policy in force since 1979 was repealed in 2015 and replaced by a two-child policy. However, the turnaround only led to a slight increase in births in 2016. Since then, the number has been falling every year.
Experts cited the decades-long one-child policy as well as the high costs for housing and training as reasons. Many Chinese have also got used to having only one child, it said.