This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, February 3, 2020:
The number of babies born in China in 2019 was the lowest since 1961, during the forced implementation of Mao Tse-tung’s “Great Leap Forward.” That effort to turn China’s agrarian society into a purely communist one not only cost the lives of an estimated 45 million people through starvation but dropped the number of births to less than 12 million in a year.
Afterward, policies were implemented by Mao’s followers to rein in China’s population growth, which soared following that greatest famine in all of human history. Chinese officials implemented a “two child policy” in 1969, but changed it 10 years later to “one child” per family, with some exceptions.
That policy worked so well that Chinese officials celebrated the news that 400 million births were prevented. Actual births prevented, including the families not created, approached a billion, according to more reliable outside sources.
It set in motion what Yuanj Xin, a demographer at Nankai University, told Financial Times is “an irreversible trend.”
The trend became obvious in 2017,