(Yicai Global) Nov. 24 -- A scholar from Peking University called on the government to promptly lift birth restrictions, as the low fertility rate in China has lasted for several years and the situation is deteriorating.
Li Jianxin, a population scholar at the Department of Sociology of Peking University, told Yicai Global the latest data unveiled by the National Bureau of Statistics show the total fertility rate of China in 2015 was only 1.047, less than half the world average level.
The two-child policy, which has been relaxed recently cannot change the ageing population trend in China. It can be seen from the three censuses respectively conducted in 1990, 2000 and 2010 that the marriage and childbearing age has been delayed.
In the 1990 census, the proportion of unmarried women born after 1960 was only 4.43 percent. According to the 2000 census, the proportion of unmarried women born after 1970 rose to 8.67 percent. In the 2010 census, the proportion of unmarried women born after 1980 jumped to 21.62 percent.
He advises fully lifting restrictions on births and suggests the government encourage births across the board at a policy level. Only by doing so can the population itself achieve long-term and balanced development, which will further boost sustainable development of the economy and society.