China, the world’s second-most populous country, is facing a new concern. On one hand, its population is gradually aging, while on the other, the birth rate in China is at an all-time low. Recent trends indicate that Chinese women are increasingly avoiding childbirth. President Xi Jinping has also brought this issue to the forefront.
In a meeting with the All China Women Federation, President Jinping emphasized that the rise of women should be evaluated not only through their achievements in the workplace but also based on family welfare, social development, and national progress. He stressed the importance of today’s youth strengthening their commitment to marriage and parenthood.
Challenges on Various Fronts in China
Presently, China grapples with several internal issues. These include the fear among women about having children, a disinterest among the youth in marriage, gender discrimination, and the financial burden of raising newborns. Notably, China’s population declined for the first time in six decades. In response, the government has been tirelessly working on various schemes to stabilize this decline. President Xi Jinping convened a meeting in May to address this matter.
Despite numerous efforts, China’s birth rate continues to decline. To tackle this, a range of schemes have been implemented to encourage childbirth.
Is China Viewing India as a Potential Threat?
China’s population is aging, while its neighbor, India, boasts a significant young population. The Chinese government is concerned that in the future, companies may turn to India in search of labor, fearing a shortage at home.