Chinese couples are afraid to have children due to high costs: expert
According to an Epoch Times report on August 9, Yang Wenzhuang, director of the population monitoring and family development division of China’s National Health Commission, said he expects China’s population to “enter a negative increase.”
Yang’s comment matches a United Nations assessment in July that China will experience “an absolute decline” in population as early as 2023.
For decades, China’s regime had applied a one-child policy to reduce fertility to achieve economic and political goals. The policy was widely condemned for its brutality because many children were killed in the womb or after birth to satisfy authorities’ demands.
In 2016, when China’s regime realized that the rapidly aging population affected its objectives, it abolished the one-child policy encouraging couples to have two children. Even so, fertility in China continued to plummet.
Explaining this phenomenon, Frank Tian Xie, associate professor of marketing at the University of South Carolina Aiken, said, “Housing, education, childcare, and medical costs all add up to an absolutely prohibitive cost of having two more children.”
Xie added, “Young people simply do not want to get married or have children as a result of the high costs.”
Epoch Times reported that, on June 22, 2021, the mother of a 12-year-old in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, revealed that it had cost a total of $144,000 to raise her child.
According to Statista, in China, the average annual salary of urban people in 2021 is nearly $16,000. Compared to the cost, as the mother revealed, it is too difficult for couples in China to raise two children.
During the Shanghai lockdown, from late March to June, a young man refused to go to a quarantine camp. Police told him that his attitude and lack of cooperation would affect his family for three generations. The man replied, “This is the last generation.”
James Gorrie, author of “The China Crisis,” noted in an Epoch Times commentary that the response of “the last generation” allows “young people to easily express their own despair with life” and “is borne of despair and disillusionment with life in modern China.”