China unveils birth rate forecast system in Shanghai – Xinhua

From Xinhua:

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(浦东新区) 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((ʵ¶‰∏úÊñ∞Âå∫Á§æ‰ºöÂèë±ï±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

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