Chinese state media reported Sunday on a new “five-year plan” to massively increase in vitro fertilization (IVF) to stave off demographic collapse. The Chinese government officially admitted over the weekend that birth rates have dropped beneath one percent, hitting a 43-year-low.
Some analysts believe China might have actually entered a period of net population decline, a conclusion reached by examining records the Communist Party probably would not think of altering to conceal the true extent of its demographic collapse.
The government’s latest official numbers, reported by the state-run Global Times on Saturday, found a birth rate of 8.52 per thousand in 2020.
The Global Times quoted analysts who said the coronavirus pandemic dramatically accelerated a downward population trend that began years ago: