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IPFS News Link • China

China this century is on track to experience history's most dramatic demographic collapse in the

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Moreover, officials also have incentives to report that couples have used up their two-birth quota when they have in fact not done so. National Health and Family Planning Commission officials, Yi told Voice of America, report exaggerated births because real birth numbers, if known, would bolster the case for that body to be scrapped. Municipal governments, local education departments, and hospitals have been overstating China's numbers for a different reason: to obtain subsidies or maintain budget allocations. Yi's estimates look reliable. True, Beijing scrapped the notorious one-child policy, perhaps history's most ambitious social-engineering project, as of the beginning of 2016 and there was a spurt of births that year, but since then births have fallen every year.