Citizens remain unenthusiastic in light of China’s new three-child policy.
By Imaan Voterson
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 3 of VARSITY News.
China has implemented a three-child policy in an attempt to increase the birth rate. However, the government has received negative reactions to this strategy.
A senior lecturer at King’s College London, Dr Ye Liu said that the government shifted their policy due to their demographic crisis without concrete policy proposals and financial commitments.
“Individual families suffer from this huge burden of extra child-bearing and extra educational costs,” said Liu.
A 37-year old music teacher and father of two, Ma Yandi, says that he enjoys fatherhood, however, he won’t consider having a third child even though China’s new policy allows it.
“At the moment, my wife is the one who’s looking after both of our children. My eldest has to go to kindergarten and my second child is still a baby. Having one person look after two children is pretty taxing, so we wouldn’t consider having a third child for now,” said Yandi.
Many citizens have said that it is expensive to raise a child in China and the quality of education is not even.
“It’s not like other European countries where (the government) comes out to say specifically that they will give you subsidies if you have one, two or three children, or that the government would give free education or subsidise 80% or 90% of it.”
With the slowest population growth since the 1950’s, the current mainland Chinese population came to just under 1.5 billion people as of November 2020.
The Economist Intelligence Unit predicts that China’s population will decrease by 17 million people by 2030.