(TheRedWire.com) – The Chinese Communist government capped the world’s largest population from growing larger by only allowing each couple one child until 2016, at which time the limit changed to three children per family. At the end of 2020, China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said the population stood at 1.412 billion people. At the end of 2021, the NBS said it stood at 1.413 billion, only a 0.034% increase. In 2021, China experienced the lowest birth rate in 61 years.
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China’s population control appears to have backfired on the communist nation. The NBS said in 2021, the country saw 5 million women age out of their childbearing years. At the same time, not enough young women grew up taking their place. Not only is China facing the real prospect of a decreasing population, which could have significant economic impacts in the years and decades to come, but Chinese men between 20 and 40 years of age outnumber women in the same age group by 17.5 million.
Much of the problem is self-inflicted. In addition to the one-child policy China held from 1980 to 2016, the country’s culture devalued females. Generations of Chinese women aborted female babies to allow the “only child” of each family to be a son, severely skewing the male-female ratio.
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