Time and money for love: China brainstorms ways to boost birth rate

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By Farah Master HONG KONG (Reuters) – Concerned by China‚Äôs shrinking population, political advisors to the government have come up with more than 20 recommendations to boost birth rates, though experts say the best they can do is to slow the population’s decline. China dug itself into a demographic hole largely through its one-child policy imposed between 1980 and 2015. Authorities raised the limit to three in 2021, but even during the stay at home COVID times couples have been reluctant to have babies. Young people cite high childcare and education costs, low incomes, a feeble social safety n…

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