Plummeting birth rates led the Chinese Communist Party to disregard financial and social consequences for couples with multiple children.
Reportedly, the CCP has previously fined families with seven children over $100,000, and the toll on parents’ social status makes it difficult to maintain and find employment. In 2020, the Chinese birth rate dropped by 15 percent, progressing a consecutive decline for the last four years. Since the 1980s, the government limited population growth with their one-child policy, which became a two-child policy in 2016, and a three-child policy in 2021.
The government efforts to increase the birth rate did not prove to be a success, and even with no cap, the conditions may remain the same. The financial and physical cost of raising children in China takes a toll on mothers, who take the majority of the burden.
In June, China’s official state news outlet, Xhinua, reports, “China will lower educational costs for families, step up tax and housing support, guarantee the legal interests of working women and clamp down on ‘sky-high’ dowries. It would also look to educate young people ‘on marriage and love.” However, when the three-child policy was announced in June, nearly 29,000 of 31,000 participants in a Weibo poll said they would “never think of it.”
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
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