外文标题：Soups, statues and soothsayers in demand as China eases one-child law
SHANGHAI: In a dimly-lit arcade in downtown Shanghai, shopkeeper Xia Zihan holds out a glinting, yellow-glass carving of the fertility goddess Guanyin, a range she says is starting to sell well after China relaxed its single-child policy last month.
"Since the news allowing a second child, we've already asked our factory to increase production of the Guanyin statues," said Xia, adding she expected to see around a 10-20 percent increase in demand for the figurines that cost around one thousand yuan ($160) each.
Beijing said last month it would allow millions of families to have two children, the most radical relaxation of its strict one-child policy in close to three decades.
With an estimated bump of up to 10 percent in the number of births per year, the demand for maternal healthcare is bound to surge, a lift for private hospital operators who are increasing their share of China's gigantic healthcare market.
Healthcare providers like Singapore-based Raffles Medical Group Ltd, Malaysia's IHH Healthcare Bhd and US healthcare firm Chindex International Inc already operate in China.
"I think for the short-term we can expect some kind of rebound of the fertility rate as women rush to have more babies in the next few years," said Peng Xizhe, a demographics expert at Fudan University in Shanghai.
The new rules, which will roll out gradually around China, will allow couples in which just one parent is an only child to have a second baby, part of a plan to raise fertility rates and ease the financial burden of China's rapidly ageing population.
This would see an extra annual one million or so births on top of the current 16 million each year, substantial in itself but marginal when compared to China's near 1.4 billion population. Still, the extra births are close to the number of people in a city like Dallas, Texas.
The fertility market, especially at the value-end of the scale, could see a short-term spike. The main demographic likely to benefit from the policy change is urban mothers in their late thirties, a group more likely to seek methods to boost their chances of having a second baby, said Peng.
Some families will turn to Guanyin figurines, fertility-boosting foods or China's $13 billion traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) market to give birth quickly. Medicine men who promise to ensure the birth of a boy child are also in demand.
raman.raman3 Raman ()
Superstitions are not confined to India and this China has proved.Good going.
Ramesh Sargam (Location)
China's population - which is the largest in the world - still explode more after this relaxation. Will the Mother Earth bear so much?
Askmore (Delhi) replies to Ramesh Sargam
Talk about mother earth bearing it all up...its all relative. India is about one-third the size of the U.S. but has about 4 times the population. India’s population density is about 1000 people per square mile while the U.S has only about 100 people per square mile. China has about 400 people per square mile and is about the same size as the U.S. Now its all there for you to see who we should be worrying more for,India? China?
Sunny SS (Unknown) replies to Ramesh Sargam
how exactly are we faring? countless people live on streets, nothing to eat., no privacy to sh*t.
Gaurav Agarwal (Unknown)
a good news for the country and increased work force but world populatons is bound to rise and put more pressure in world economy and may add inflation
so now india's chances to surpass china as the most populous country would be extended?
Great relaxation from the strict policy !! Booming population !!
Kamal Mutneja ()
china wants to recruit them in military to conquer neighbouring countries?? or to boost economy which will generate only paper money?? burden on planet, headache for neighbours
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Good move by Chinese government
Soon China will see a population flood once again !!
Falcon f (Location) replies to SKSG
Chinese eat human babies too ....Type in google do chinese eat ..... and be DISGUSTED !!!!
Sunny SS (Unknown) replies to SKSG
its better we think about india first, people are having 3-4 children and more. even though they have no idea about money required for good education, medical facility, even facility like food, shelter or latrines.
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DANCE OF CHAOS (Unknown)
Send Mayawati, she is an expert in building statues!!!
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Yogesh kumar Dhanuka (Bangalore)
Their demographic balance is decreasing , so they need more child for future
chinese are BORN treachorous liar people, eatng man's best friend dogs - they should be nuked from ALL sides, razing it to the ground FORVER china and chinese are GONE, Finished, Khallas
By 2050 India's population is estimated to double. It means Indians will get only half the resources they have now. It is quite alarming. Standard of living is going to fall further. The dynasty family has no vision but flee with the loot when the tide turns against it. Country need a strong policy(similar to what China had) to control the population.