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China’s birthrate dropped despite allowing 2-child families

BEIJING (AP) ” The birthrate in China fell last year despite the country easing its family planning policies and allowing all couples to have two children.There were 17.2 million births in the country last year, down from 17.9 million in 2016, the National Bureau of Statistics reported Thursday.China changed its long-standing one-child policy in 2015 in hopes of reversing the trend toward an aging population. The number of births rose nearly 8 percent in 2016, with nearly half ……