lørdag 15. mai 2021

Birthrate in Xinjiang Drops by Almost 50% in 2 Years, Report Says

Birthrate in China's territory of Xinjiang dropped by 48.74 percent between 2017 and 2019, revealing the largest decline in birthrates out of all of China's territories in recent years, according to a report from the Australian Strategy Policy Institute (ASPI). The report determined the decline in babies born in Xinjiang occurred in areas with many Muslim ethnic minorities, such as Uyghurs and Kazakhs, after examining Chinese government data from more than nearly a decade ago. Over 160,000 less babies were born in 2017 and 2018 in counties mostly made up of ethnic minorities compared to an increase in China's Han majority population.

"As far as it's possible to find out, it is by far the largest drop there is," said ASPI researcher Nathan Ruser who co-authored the report. "It makes you realize the scale of these family planning policies and the scale of this crackdown, the scale of societal control that authorities are looking for."