According to an article in the Communist Party’s People’s Daily newspaper this week, China could have only 65 percent of India’s population by 2050 if current birth rates continue the same, potentially causing a major economic crisis in the country.
The initiative appears to be part of a study by China’s National Health Commission on how to increase birth rates and which incentives are most likely to work.
The Liaoning incentives follow the publication of a report in another Chinese government newspaper, the Global Times, last month announcing another experimental measure put in place in Jianxi province: limiting access to abortions.
The result has been an enormous gender imbalance in the general population: 34 million more men than women in the general population as of this year.
Chinese officials claim that 13 million abortions are performed in the nation a year, though some estimates put the number as high as 23 million.