Chinese software developer Tang Huajun, who lives on the outskirts of Beijing, has a two-year-old child. However, Tang stated that he is unlikely to have another child.
China’s population will decline because of the decisions of countless people like Tang. Meanwhile, the United Nations predicts the world’s population to hit 8 billion on Tuesday, November 15.
According to Reuters, Tang, 39, said that several of his married friends also don’t plan to have another child. Instead, they decided to have only one child.
He stated that younger people aren’t even interested in getting married or having babies.
The high cost of childcare in China is a significant barrier to having children.
Tang added, “Another reason is that many of us get married very late, and it’s hard to get pregnant.”
From 1980 to 2015, the Chinese Communist Party imposed the one-child policy to prevent possible runaway population growth.
Since January 1, 2016, all Chinese couples have been encouraged to have two children.
Demographers state that China’s pandemic-related measures have profoundly impacted many people’s desire to have children.
Its 1.16 fertility rate in 2021 was among the lowest worldwide and below the 2.1 OECD standard for a stable population.