The Chinese population is growing old and increasingly male after decades of oppressive population control measures, including forced abortions.
China just published the results of its 2020 census. The report found that while the population continues to grow, its growth is much slower than it used to be, The Daily Mail reports. According to the census, China has 1.41 billion people, a 5.4 percent increase since 2010.
And while worries about the aging population and its impact on the economy increase, abortions continue to be a huge problem in China. Some are by “choice,” others are forced or coerced, and some are done for the purposes of sex-selection.
Approximately 13 million unborn babies are aborted in China every year, though some researchers believe the number may be much higher. It is possible that more babies are aborted in China than are born. According to the new census data, there were about 12 million births in 2020, the lowest number since 1961.
For decades, many unborn babies were forcibly aborted under the Chinese Communist Party’s one child policy. In 2015, the government revised its population control measures to allow two children per family, but reports indicate that forced and coerced abortions still occur.
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Here’s more from the Daily Mail:
But the relaxation of the rule is yet to produce the expected baby boom to help stall a demographic slump in a country which is getting old fast.
‘The census not only confirmed rapid population ageing, but also sustained low fertility,’ said Wang Feng, professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine.
‘At that low a level, the population cannot sustain itself.’
The census also found that fewer people are marrying and many women are delaying having children or giving it up altogether.
The data also suggests that discriminatory sex-selection abortions are on-going, eliminating millions of girls from the population. According to the census, there are 34.9 million more men than women in China.