China isn't having enough babies

Can the state keep up with the rapid ageing of such a large population?

Fewer babies were born in China last year than in 2017, and already fewer had been born in 2017 than in 2016.

There were 15.23 million new births last year, down by more than 11 per cent from the year before.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 28, 2019, with the headline 'China isn't having enough babies'. Print Edition | Subscribe