Majority of China’s newborns in 2017 were second children

According to China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), 51 percent of China’s newborn babies in 2017 were second children in the family, a 5 percentage points increase from 2016.

Since 2016, China has allowed couples to have two children to counter fears of an ageing population

China’s National Bureau of Statistics estimated that there were 17.23 million babies born in 2017. However, as per hospital births recorded in the country the figures reveal that there were 17.58 million newborns, according to a statement published on its official website.

For those who were apprehensive about having a second child, the main reasons revolve around financial, career and childcare concerns, according to the survey.