China, the world’s most populous country, on Wednesday piloted its new birth rate forecasts in Shanghai.
The system was launched in Pudong New District(Êµ¶‰∏úÊñ∞Âå∫Ôºâ to inform residents that the area faces a baby boom with a peak expected in 2012.
The number of births in the district will soar from the current 15,000 to 25,800 a year, according to the forecast system.
“Sharp increases or sudden declines in the birth rate are both bad news for social resources and individual development,” said Yin Houqing(Â∞πÂêéÂ∫Ü), head of the district’s social development bureau((Êµ¶‰∏úÊñ∞Âå∫Á§æ‰ºöÂèëÂ±ïÂ±Ä). [Full Text]
Background on China’s Population from the US Library of Congress.
And from the China Daily “New policy eases one-child restrictions”