China capital Beijing experiences first population decline since 2003
This is in line with national trends, with China's population falling last year for the first time in six decades, weighed down by rising living costs, weak economic growth, and changing attitudes towards raising a family.
Free education, equal rights for unmarried women among proposals to boost China's fertility
China's shrinking population is pushing authorities to roll out incentives and measures to boost numbers.
As China's birth rate slumps, political adviser urges egg freezing for single women
Much of China's demographic downturn is the result of China's one-child policy imposed between 1980 and 2015 as well as the high cost of education.
In aging China, a call for 'bold' steps to cut cost of having babies
China's population fell last year for the first time in six decades, data released last month showed, a historic turn that is expected to mark the start of a long period of decline.
China's Sichuan frees unmarried people to legally have children
The government dictates that only married women are legally allowed to give birth, but with marriage and birth rates having fallen to record lows in recent years, provincial authorities revamped a 2019 rule.
China’s population shrinks for first time in six decades
Much of the demographic downturn is the result of China's one-child policy that it imposed between 1980 and 2015 as well as education costs that have put many off having more than one child or even having any at all.
China says Covid has exacerbated decline in births, marriages
Many women are continuing to delay their plans to marry or have children, adding that rapid economic and social developments have led to 'profound changes'.
China to discourage abortions to boost low birth rate
The number of abortions carried out stood above 9.5 million between 2015 to 2019, according to a National Health Commission report published at the end of 2021.
More Chinese women delay or give up on having babies after zero-Covid ordeal
Studies have shown that pandemics and economic uncertainty historically weigh on birth rates around the world.
China’s birth rate at record low in 2021
Beijing has been grappling with a looming demographic crisis amid a rapidly ageing workforce, slowing economy and the country's weakest population growth in decades.
US population growth slows to lowest rate ever amid pandemic
For the 12 months ended July 1, the population of the US grew by 392,665 or just 0.1%, 'the lowest rate since the nation's founding,' according to the Census Bureau.
Birth rate drops to lowest in decades amid pandemic
The number of live births has also seen a decrease to its lowest level in a decade.