South Asia and Beyond

China’s Demographic Challenge

NEW DELHI: It’s still the world’s most populous nation but, according to China’s latest census, its birth rate is shrinking and so is the working population that contributes majorly to the economy. With a view to arresting this trend, the government has now allowed couples to have up to three children. Will that work? In this episode of ‘Simply Nitin’, StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale looks back at the country that strictly implemented the one-child policy for decades, then allowed two kids and has now relaxed the rules further.

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