NOS correspondent Garrie van Pinxteren:

“Many people in China are afraid of the costs that they have to incur for a good education for their child. They also often feel obliged to buy a house for their son as a dowry, a very expensive affair.

In order to turn the tide, China ended the one-child policy in 2015 that was instituted in the early 1980s amid fears of overpopulation. According to many experts, that measure was abolished much too late, making a strong population decline difficult to stop.”

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