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China Undercounts 12 Million Babies after Reporting Declining Population

Little explanation was given for the revision by Chinese officials

 on 25th November 2021 @ 12.00pm
reports china   s population was in net decline may now be revised © press
Reports China’s population was in net decline may now be revised

China has found 12 million children who were undercounted in previous population reports, which has now forced it to revise the statistical yearbook covering 2000 to 2010.

The news came amid dire population forecasts, including one which found China’s population was in net decline.

But little explanation was given for the revision by Chinese officials.

Bloomberg News speculated that Chinese parents were still concerned about running afoul of China’s infamous “One Child Policy," which prompted them to avoid reporting newborns until the children were old enough to be registered.

the new statistic could give china more time to work on reversing its demographic decline © press
The new statistic could give China more time to work on reversing its demographic decline.

Bloomberg wrote:

“About 57% of the children later registered were girls, indicating the discrepancy could be partly linked to parents not reporting girls so they could continue to try for a boy."

The new statistic could give China more time to work on reversing its demographic decline.

The statistical yearbook publication in 2020 found China at its lowest birth rate since the founding of the Chinese Communist Party in 1949.

In the same year, marriages also hit a 17-year low, even despite lifting on coronavirus lockdowns.

the statistical yearbook publication in 2020 found china at its lowest birth rate since the founding of the chinese communist party in 1949 © press
The statistical yearbook publication in 2020 found China at its lowest birth rate since the founding of the Chinese Communist Party in 1949

Senior obstetrics scientist Yi Fuxian of the University of Wisconsin-Madison said China is following a demographic spiral similar to Japan’s.

Fuxian added Chian would have a more difficult time offsetting the economic pressures that affect birth rates.

“What the Chinese government is doing has already been done by the Japanese government, and the former is not as rich as the latter. Japan can provide free healthcare and education, but China can’t,” Yi observed.

“Most people just want one child, as was promoted by the government."

"They have become used to having just one child."

"They don’t want a second or third despite the policy changes,” Yi explained, referring to China’s loosening of the One Child Policy in 2016 and 2019.

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