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As childbirths near record low, China scrambles to boost families

Beijing unveils slew of measures to support child rearing

BEIJING -- The number of newborns in China continues to slide downward, government officials said Wednesday, putting the country at risk of recording an all-time low in childbirths.

The number of births in 2021 will decline for a fourth straight year, Yu Xuejun, a vice minister on the National Health Commission, told reporters. 

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