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China Should Allow Three or More Children: Top Demographer

  • Big cities lack management skill to handle growing populations
  • Removal of administrative barriers to boost manufacturing

China needs to reduce the cost of raising children to bolster its low birth rate and slow the decline in the nation’s workforce, said Cai Fang, one of the nation’s top demographers.

Policy makers should use public services including kindergartens, schools and child care to lower costs and encourage cash-squeezed parents to have more children, said Cai, vice president of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing and a member of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.