Beijing: Statistics of China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) have revealed that the country’s birth rate has risen to a higher level, despite a fall in the number of women of childbearing age.
This increase has been done on account of relaxation that was done in China’s one-child policy last year.
According to the statistics, as many as 17.86 million births were reported in 2016 which is 7.9 per cent more than that of 2015.
It is pertinent to mention here that 45 per cent children are those who have one or more old siblings.
“While the total number of women of childbearing age fell by five million, the number of births increased significantly, showing that the family planning policy adjustments were extremely timely and extremely effective,” said the NHFPC’s Yang Wenzhuang.
In addition to, it is expected that 17 to 20 million births would take place by 2020 and China will get extra 30 million working age by 2050.
Separately, the researchers are crediting the old policy with reducing population, environmental and poverty degradation.
Meanwhile, the NBS (National Bureau of Statistics) revealed slightly higher figure of 18.46 million births in last year.
The difference between two reports occurred because of the difference of survey sampling.
The NBC’s report is based on survey sampling while NHFPC’s data is based on hospitals’ birth certificate data but the officials have confirmed a significant upward trend.
China’s growing population
babies born in China last year
more than 2015
- 1. 6 average number of births per woman in China, 2010-15
- 1.9 average births per UK woman
- 231m people aged over 60 – up from 222m in 2015
- 908m people of working age – down from 911m in 2015
Source: NHFPC/National Bureau of Statistics/UN