Half of China's 17 million newborns last year were second children
Beijing: Over 50 per cent of the total 17.58 million babies born in China last year were second child in the family, registering a five per cent jump compared to 2016, a media report said on Friday.
China relaxed its controversial one child policy in 2016, permitting couples to have two children amid deepening demographic crisis of shrinking workforce and ageing population in the world's second largest economy.
The numbers collected from hospitals showed 17.58 million babies were born in China, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) said.
Figures provided by the National Health and Family Planning Commission earlier showed that 18.5 million babies were born in hospital in 2016, the highest since 2000.
The child birth rate last year was five per cent more than in 2016.
Surveys show that financial, career and childcare concerns are the main reasons that families are hesitant to have a second child, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.