China’s administration is concerned the country may soon have a demographic catastrophe as more young people choose to stay single and don’t want to have children.
To solve the problem, the authorities of this country have continuously introduced measures to encourage birth. However, the situation is still going on. It shows that the issues people face cannot be solved simply by subsidies.
According to Chinese media reports, the Beijing regime has taken steps to prevent population decrease, such as allowing couples to give birth to a third child and trying to minimize abortions for “non-medical” purposes.
Dozens of provincial and municipal authorities launched initiatives to increase birth rates. These include giving parents more days off work and even financial support when giving birth to a 2nd or 3rd child.
Recently, a draft by the Daxinglian government of Heilongjiang to promote fertility includes other support, such as a mother’s 2-hour breastfeeding break every day. Second and third-birth child parents can use the “Maternity Services Card” to live in public nursing homes in their jurisdiction area at a 50% discount.
However, in the opinion of experts, regime subsidies couldn’t solve the problem of a population crisis.
Li Yuanhua , a former associate professor at Capital Normal University, told XiwangZhisheng on September 19 that this amount of money from the regime is insufficient to support a child’s life. So it is just a lure to give birth to a child. But parents will calculate that a child’s education costs a lot. So it is not a matter of willingness to give birth or not. The reason is that life pressure makes them decide not to have children.
This problem has also been shown through statistics.
According to CNN, a new report by market research firm Jefferies points out that with the income households can use after paying personal income tax and social insurance, China is one of the most expensive places in the world to raise a child from birth to 18 years old. The average Chinese household will spend more than $75,000 and need another $22,000 to pay for college. The total cost was approximately $100 thousand.
The pressure in people’s lives is more and more pronounced after more than two years since the COVID pandemic broke out in China. The economy was heavily affected by the impact of anti-pandemic measures such as lockdown in many places. China still faces a significant problem as the population aging rate increases and the birth rate decreases further.