Shoemaker: Getting to Beijing is the first Olympic competition
When Canada's team of more than 200 athletes are aboard their chartered flights to Beijing, it will feel like the first major Olympic hurdle has been cleared, says David Shoemaker. The Beijing Games open in exactly one month, but the competition has already started. The challenge: getting the country's top athletes to China without testing positive for COVID-19, an ominous and invisible threat that few could have seen coming just a few weeks ago. "I think we all will feel like the first discipline in this competition will be completed at that point," Shoemaker said.
© STR / AFP China has relaxed its birth limitation policy in recent years.
with 7.52 births per 1,000 people in 2021, China recorded its lowest birth rate since 1978.
The birth rate in China has fallen last year at a historically low level, since at least 1978, According to official data published on Monday, on the background of uncertainties against the future and cost of education.
The Asian country faces a demographic crisis with rapid aging of the labor force, an economic slowdown and the lowest demographic growth of the country for decades.
The birth rate of the world's most populous country was 7.52 births for 1,000 people in 2021, according to the National Statistics Office (SNB). It was 8.52 per thousand in 2020.
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Birth limitation policy relaxed
This is the lowest level for at least 1978, when the Asian giant began published its annual statistics statement.
China has relaxed its birth limitation policy in recent years. She authorized couples to have two children in 2016, then three since last year.
But these decisions did not result in birth boom. Couples are cooled by rising cost of living, housing and especially children's education.
EN 2021, the country recorded 10.62 million births, according to official data.
The natural growth rate of the population plunged 0.34 per 1,000 people last year, compared with 1.45 in 2000.
"The demographic challenge is well known, but the speed of aging of the population is Clearly faster than expected, "said Zhiwei Zhang, Chief Economist within the Pinpoint Asset Management cabinet.
Interest rate announcement, COVID rates across Canada: In The News for Jan. 26 .
In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what's on the radar of our editors for the morning of Jan. 26 What we are watching in Canada Economic eyes will be on the Bank of Canada this morning as the central bank is scheduled to make an announcement about its trendsetting interest rate. Some economists are expecting the central bank to raise its key policy rate from its rock-bottom level of 0.25 per cent, marking the first of multiple hikes over the course of 2022.