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Chinese couples can't afford a second child

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Before her son was born, Chen Huijuan was happy to splash out on skincare products, clothing and socializing with friends. Now, she even hesitates to buy a new dress.

Living in Suzhou in eastern Jiangsu province, Chen earns $730 (5,000 yuan) a month as a high school teacher, while her husband makes $2,500 (16,000 yuan) a month working for the sales department of an American company in neighboring Shanghai.
Raising their 2-year-old, Xiyan, swallows at least a third of the family's annual income. Comparatively, in the US it costs a similarly positioned family a fifth of their income to raise a child.
Chen's financial struggle mirrors the difficulties facing millions of other middle-class families across China, and is a major reason why the ruling Communist Party is struggling to boost the country's birth rate.https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/12/asia/china-second-child-economy-intl/index.html?utm_term=link&utm_source=fbCNNi&utm_content=2019-02-13T05%3A31%3A00&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR2ASnccG2DdzHkFATcQ7_fUiP9UzqkPLRDbPsWMCCA_y3ujyoNdek1a1Wg
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Raising a child is really expensive nowadays and this is happening in other countries too.
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Why do you think Chinese people can't afford a second child?
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Fake news again. In China, education, hospitalization, healthcare, etc...are free! Local foods and products have high and low qualities. If it's lil bit expensive then it's quality, if cheap, then it's fake. You have choices.
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Fake news again. In China, education, hospitalization, healthcare, etc...are free! Local foods and products have high and low qualities. If it's lil bit expensive then it's quality, if cheap, then it's fake. You have choices.
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All the free public service are given up, I don’t remember when but longer than 20 years.
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Fake news again. In China, education, hospitalization, healthcare, etc...are free! Local foods and products have high and low qualities. If it's lil bit expensive then it's quality, if cheap, then it's fake. You have choices.
But the parents must buy the child’s first home. That’s the tradition difficult to affording you have two children. American parents don’t usually help the adult with the purchase of their first home. That’s why American millennial homeownership is only 35%, while in China it is 70%. The expectation of parenting is different.
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Fake news again. In China, education, hospitalization, healthcare, etc...are free! Local foods and products have high and low qualities. If it's lil bit expensive then it's quality, if cheap, then it's fake. You have choices.
No it’s not. There is no free healthcare in China and lots things are also counterfeit I would never would want to live in China. How come I know I live in south east Asia and I know many people of have in fact lived in the country. As of the educational system its garbage. Their private schools are = to public school in some poor states in the USA.
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Lack of place for new houses..
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I think many Chinese that have a lot of money bring their child to study overseas in the US, Canada etc. because it's better. And most of Chinese now don't even trust their own products like what have mentioned in the article, the mother still needs to buy her child's formula and babypowder from other foreign countries. That is really expensive.
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No it’s not. There is no free healthcare in China and lots things are also counterfeit I would never would want to live in China. How come I know I live in south east Asia and I know many people of have in fact lived in the country. As of the educational system its garbage. Their private schools are = to public school in some poor states in the USA.
That’s total BS. Hospitals are incredibly affordable. We visit the hospital every year for comprehensive health check up every year in China because of its efficiency and extreme affordability even though we don’t have Chinese health insurance. Doctors consultation without insurance is $1.25-$5.
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That’s total BS. Hospitals are incredibly affordable. We visit the hospital every year for comprehensive health check up every year in China because of its efficiency and extreme affordability even though we don’t have Chinese health insurance. Doctors consultation without insurance is $1.25-$5.
The problem with these people are so deep hatred to"those" disgusting facts about China but they didn't recognize all the great things China did to the world. I know they would never understand unless they will given a chance to live there. I do stand for lots of Chinese people being bullied anywhere because of these fake information the paid medias constantly spreading. So cruel, so sad.
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The problem with these people are so deep hatred to"those" disgusting facts about China but they didn't recognize all the great things China did to the world. I know they would never understand unless they will given a chance to live there. I do stand for lots of Chinese people being bullied anywhere because of these fake information the paid medias constantly spreading. So cruel, so sad.
Most people who are the “expert of China” never even own a passport. Keyboard warriors.
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Oh so it’s not because life is expensive, it’s because they actively choose to get their kid the expensive things, education, activities, etc.. This makes sense. And if any average person, in any/most countries, did the same they would also only afford one child.
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