/ 01 June 2021

China’s feeling clucky

For decades, Chinese couples were allowed to have just one child – that was scrapped in 2016 when the limit was raised to 2. But recent census data showing a steep decline in births has seen the state up the limit to 3 kids. According to state media, there will also be “supportive measures, which will be conducive to improving our country’s population structure, fulfilling the country’s strategy of actively coping with an ageing population and maintaining the advantage, endowment of human resources”. Economists say the main reason families don’t have more tin lids is that living costs in China’s cities are too high. And demographers say recent birth rates mean “China will grow old before it grows rich and powerful.”

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