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Keeping birth rates low and life quality high

10-11-2011 14:15 BJT

The region faces serious challenges in rural poverty, education, and health care.

For many people, family planning consists of both the dull matter of considering birth and death rates, and the more complicated matter of considering life quality, that is, education, healthcare, social security, and preserving the culture.

Head of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, Li Bin
(center), accompanied by Guangxi's Chairwoman Li Kang (second right) and
Guangxi's population and family planning commission head, Huang Dan
(second left), in some talks with the people of Tianyang county,
concerning maternal health. Photos Provided to China Daily.

But this is especially important for an ethnic autonomous region such as Guangxi, where ethnic people account for 38.8 percent of its 51.52 million people, and 64 percent are farmers. In addition, per capita incomes are lower than the nation's average.

To make matters worse, more than 2.3 million people are still living below the poverty line, and its aging-population figures are about 1.7 percent above the national average. It is almost equal to the densely packed eastern coastal regions.

In addition, per capita revenues for the autonomous region's governments are only about 38 percent of the national average, so government spending on education and healthcare is rather limited. This in turn poses many challenges for the government and its goal of keeping birth rates low while improving life quality.

Nonetheless, the local government has managed to find ways to address these challenges, and work toward rational, sustainable population growth.


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