[Video] China’s youths are saying no to marriage and having kids

Like young people in large cities elsewhere, many Chinese youths are forgoing the traditional milestones of marriage and parenthood. Besides focusing more on personal well-being and individual needs, they are also becoming more pessimistic about the future. Here's what they have to say.
Attendee at a private masquerade singles mixer in Shanghai, China, on 13 January 2024. (Screen grab from Reuters)
Attendee at a private masquerade singles mixer in Shanghai, China, on 13 January 2024. (Screen grab from Reuters)

China's 2023 birth rate dropped by about 50% from its 2016 peak, while marriages are down by 43% from its 2013 peak. Public sentiment reveals a pervasive lack of confidence and uncertainty about the future, driven by external factors like the economic situation and the political climate, as well as internal factors like changing priorities and mindsets. Dissatisfied with existing policies, youths are calling for measures to address their needs.


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