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FT Confidential Research

Ending China's birth controls will not spark baby boom

Cost plays bigger role than state policy in deciding whether to have children

China may scrap its notorious birth restrictions entirely as the leadership belatedly realizes that the country needs more babies. But getting the Communist Party out of the bedroom will not be enough to address China's demographic challenges, an FT Confidential Research survey of urban consumers shows.

Increased spending on social services may convince some couples to have more children. But global development trends suggest China's leaders will need to grapple more forcefully with the implications of a rapidly aging society.

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