Tuesday, March 28, 2023

That’s why China’s population is suddenly shrinking

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Fewer and fewer children are being born in China. The population is shrinking for the first time in more than 50 years.

Until a few years ago, it was a criminal offense for Chinese couples to have more than one child. Since 2021, Beijing has allowed up to three children. But the baby boom does not materialize, and the population even shrinks for the first time. One reason for this: Gainful employment and family work are difficult to reconcile in the People’s Republic.

Nancy, a young mother in her early 30s from Beijing, tries to balance her job in e-commerce with childcare on a daily basis. “I can’t reconcile the two,” says Nancy, whose real name is different, to the AFP agency. “Basically, if you want to breastfeed your child, you have to quit your job. But that’s not an option in our situation.”

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