onsdag 1. desember 2021

China's birthrate just hit another record low. But the worst is yet to come

China's birthrate in 2020 has hit another record low -- and there's no indication things are about to pick up anytime soon. There were only 8.5 births per 1,000 people in China last year, according to the latest yearbook released by the country's National Bureau of Statistics in late November. That's the lowest not only since yearbook records began in 1978 -- but also since the founding of Communist China in 1949, according to official data.

The birthrate, which has now fallen to single digits, is the latest troubling sign of China's worsening population crisis, as the country of 1.4 billion people begins to lose its youthful edge. The country's once-a-decade national census revealed in May that just 12 million babies were born last year -- an 18% plunge from 14.65 million in 2019. Demographers have long predicted China will begin to experience a population decline into the decades ahead, however, some experts now worry it may come much sooner than expected.