What's behind China's declining birth rate?

China's 7th national population census triggered a new round of discussion about its population structure. According to the latest census, China's total fertility rate, the average number of children that would be born to a woman over her lifetime, has dropped to 1.3. What is sustaining this downward trend?

China is planning to ease the burden on families. Its 14th Five-Year Plan has proposed improvements in the country's social support system, especially infant and child care services.


Script Writer: Yang Jing

Data Graphic Design: Hu Xuechen

Video Editors: Sun Siyi

Voice Narration: Ge Ning

Chief editor: Wang Xin

Producer: Li Tianfu

Executive producer: Wen Yaru

Supervisor: Zhang Shilei

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