China’s official questionnaire for the three-child policy: rural than urban dare to give birth?

According to Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) on June 19, Chinese officials recently announced the opening of the birth of three children to cope with the aging population. China’s National Bureau of Statistics recently distributed questionnaires around the country to survey women’s willingness to give birth. Among them, the survey results of Jinan survey team show that the willingness to have children is higher in rural areas than in cities.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang convened an executive meeting of the State Council on Friday to adopt the “Draft Amendment to the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Population and Family Planning” and decided to submit it to the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People’s Congress for consideration, according to an announcement on the Chinese government website.

The opening up of China’s population policy to three children is a major turnaround, but it is widely believed that the environment has long been unfavorable to having children in today’s Chinese society, which is characterized by high work pressure and high living expenses.

However, Chinese officials are still surveying people about their willingness to have three children. The mainland media cited statistics from the Jinan survey team of China’s National Bureau of Statistics, which indicated that those who intend to have three children are more likely to be middle-aged than young, and more likely to be rural than urban. In addition, the factors that prevent people from having three children include financial pressure, time cost, work pressure and physical condition.