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    The Chinese Demographic Crisis: A Downward Spiral

    With only 14.6 million live births in 2019, approximately 500,000 less than 2018, China’s birth rate is now the lowest it has been since 1949. This is the third consecutive year in which the birth rate has fallen. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the number of births in 2019 were 10.48 per 1000 people.Efforts to head off this crisis, like the removal of the one-child policy, have failed, and China is in for trouble.