Students at Ayi University, a training program for domestic helpers, practice on baby dolls during a course teaching childcare in Beijing, China December 5, 2018.
REUTERS/Thomas PeterChina could see its number of births slide below 10 million annually in the next five years if the government does not quickly abolish its policy of limiting families to two children, an expert was quoted in domestic media as saying.
China's total population may also fall in a few years, Dong Yuzheng, director at the Guangdong Academy of Population Development, told Yicai, a Chinese financial news outlet.
read moreIt has yet to disclose a figure for last year, although it typically releases such data at the end of February.
"(The number of births) may fall below 10 million next year," Liu said.
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