Beijing, Jan 21 (Prensa Latina) The birth of 15.23 million babies in 2018 stressed China”s demographic decline, just two years after the one-child policy to reverse that phenomenon was abolished, official data confirm on Monday.

A report by the National Bureau of Statistics of China corroborated the predictions about the consecutive fall in the index of neonates compared to 2017, when 17.2 million children have been born.

In fact, the decrease was 12.9 percent that year compared to 2016, in which the one-child policy ceased.

According to the new figures, China is still the most populous country in the world with 1.39 billion inhabitants, but the demographic rate only grew 3.81 percent.

The working age segment (16-59 years) was also 897.3 million in 2018, that is, a 4.7-point decrease.

A recent academic study predicts that China’s population will reach 1.44 billion people in 2029 and then the country will suffer a large decline due to the combination of rapid aging and low birth rates.

But official figures also reveal a reduction in the number of couples willing to have a second child due to the high costs to support him, the limited availability of daycare centers and education.

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