Children walk past a one-child policy slogan written on a wall at a market in Futang village of Liuzhou

China’s post-one-child baby boom is already over

3.5%

China ended its one-child policy in 2015 and the number of births skyrocketed to 18.5 million births in 2016. But it seems the baby boom is already over, as the number of births dropped 3.5% last year, to 17.2 million.

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Children walk past a one-child policy slogan written on a wall at a market in Futang village of Liuzhou
3.5%

Children walk past a one-child policy slogan written on a wall at a market in Futang village of Liuzhou
3.5%

China’s one-child policy had been in place for almost four decades. The government was forced to end it due to a shrinking labor force and growing gender imbalance.

Children walk past a one-child policy slogan written on a wall at a market in Futang village of Liuzhou
3.5%

Children walk past a one-child policy slogan written on a wall at a market in Futang village of Liuzhou
3.5%

Now, the new “two-child” policy is struggling. Educated Chinese women are prioritizing work and financial stability, and delaying marriage and babies.

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