China’s severely declining birth rate creates a demographic crisis that will affect the Chinese communist regime’s economy for decades to come, warns renowned analyst and author Zhou Xin.
The fertility rate fell from 6.18% in 1968 to just 1.35% in 2020, a historic low that will “trouble for the country’s economic prospects for decades to come,” Xin wrote for the Nov. 23 South China Morning Post.
He added, “the country’s demographic changes are happening at a speed and scale unseen in any other country,” in part because of the strict population control imposed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for more than 30 years.
Thus, although the restrictions were relaxed as of 2010, experts estimate that the number of deaths will exceed the number of births this year, thus marking the peak of the country’s population growth, based on official data from the regime.
The impact of the demographic crisis will significantly detract “from Beijing’s ambitions of creating a powerful socialist country, to the sustainability of the property market and schooling system,” Xin argues.
The dark outlook forecast prompted the CCP to allow the birth of up to three children per household, disregarding even events where that number was exceeded.
However, it does not appear that couples are inclined to raise three children, given that they did not even do so when policies allowed them to do so with two, a behavior that is also followed by families residing in rural areas.
Xin concludes: “Beijing needs to honestly face its new demographic reality and treat it as a serious crisis.”
Chinese writer Jennifer Zeng, in a tweet, points out that during the birth rate crackdown, the CCP promoted the death of hundreds of millions of unborn babies and now insists on reproductive assistance for its inhabitants.
“The CCP is such a joke and a failure. After murdering 400 million unborn babies in China, it is now setting up “Reproduction Assistance Facilities” to help people to make more babies….”
She adds, “After 400 million babies died, now it will be “assisted reproduction.” How to “support”? I’m quite perplexed…”
Also, in response to a video on the same topic presented by the South China Morning Post last month, thousands of netizens expressed their views on the matter.
“If my wife and I can’t earn enough money to raise children, why should we bring our children into this world to endure hardship? After all, children’s education is very expensive in China,” replied visitor WYJX1986.
He added, “When the children grow up, we still have to spend money on the children’s house and marriage. What to do with our own lives?”
In the same vein, among the thousands of responses user Ao Ao commented, “The younger generation can’t afford houses and getting married, that’s part of the reason they don’t want more kids.”