Solidot | China stops releasing birth data


because of inequality, China’s Bureau of Statistics has stopped publishing the Gini index, while demographic challenges have left Birth data missing . The birth data series was removed without any explanation in the latest edition of the annual report released by the China Bureau of Statistics in October. In last year’s annual Statistical Yearbook, China’s 2015-year birth rate was 1.05, lower than South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore, and those countries and regions were already among the lowest birth rates in the country. The decline in birth rates and the intensification of ageing have forced China to abandon its one-child policy in 2015. The statistics bureau then reported that the number of births increased from 16.55 million in 2015 to 17.86 million. Many demographers believe that the birth rate is still below the government’s expectations, which may be why the bureau chose not to disclose the birth rate. Professor Mu Guangzong of Peking University speculated that the real data was still very low.