Whether China’s population is already shrinking this year, next year, or not until 2027, as officials are still claiming at present, the question of timing changes little in terms of the problems associated with the consequences of the one-child policy. China’s population is aging faster than the country is achieving a sufficiently high level of prosperity. The unequal gender ratio will continue to cause frustration among many men in the coming decades because they will not find a partner. And the birth rate will also continue to fall.
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