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Father, we pray that You solve these issues in China and make a way for godly families to develop. Prevent these issues from coming to our shores, Lord.

China has problems that are carefully hidden. This article reveals moral and cultural decay and the potential for a great decline.

From The Epoch Times. President Xi Jinping recently vowed to launch comprehensive initiatives to address China’s rapidly declining birth rate. Behind the bombastic rhetoric, however, there lies a truly sobering fact: new policies probably won’t be enough to arrest China’s demographic decline. Here’s why.

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In China, a hyper-traditional society, having a child out of wedlock is still frowned upon. Childbearing and childrearing are synonymous with marriage. Last year, the communist nation saw marriage rates hit a 35-year low. … 2021 saw 7.6 million marriage registrations, the fewest since 1986. …

In truth, China’s marriage crisis has been an issue for the best part of a decade. In the space of six years, between 2013 and 2019, the number of Chinese citizens getting married fell from 23.8 million to 13.9 million, a 41 percent drop. …

China has also witnessed “changing attitudes to marriage, especially among young women who are becoming more educated and financially independent,” according to CNN. Due to “widespread workplace discrimination” and “patriarchal traditions,” an increasing number of women are saying no to marriage.

Some readers, I’m sure, will roll their eyes at the “patriarchal traditions” bit. … However, patriarchal traditions look a little different in China than, say, the United States or the UK. The Chinese, we’re told, have a rather controversial saying: “If you don’t beat your wife every three days, she’ll start tearing up roof tiles.” A quarter of Chinese women are victims of domestic violence. Every 7.4 seconds a wife is beaten by her husband. As is clear to see, Chinese women can be forgiven for having second thoughts about marriage, especially if they were raised in an abusive household.

Besides the violence, there’s also another reason why fewer Chinese people are deciding to walk down the aisle. China is an incredibly expensive place to live. … If one is struggling to pay rent, having a child is probably the last thing on their mind.

So what, some will say, cities in the United States, UK, and Western Europe are also ridiculously expensive to live in. Yes, they are. But China’s GDP per capita is less than $10,000. This places the country between the Balkan nation of Montenegro and Botswana, located in southern Africa. The United States, on the other hand, has a GDP per capita of $69,000. …

Moreover, it’s particularly difficult to start a family (or do anything of value) when you can’t find a job. Right now, China’s youth unemployment is close to 20 percent (8.1 percent in the United States (pdf)). …

Analysts at The Lowy institute, a Sydney-based think tank, insist that, even with “continued broad policy success,” China’s “annual economic growth will slow to about 3% by 2030 and 2% by 2040.” China’s economy, we’re told, appears to be suffering from a crisis in confidence among consumers. Is it any surprise? The average Chinese citizen, be they 25 or 75, is struggling to survive. …

What do you think of this marriage crisis? Share your thoughts and prayers below.

(Excerpt from The Epoch Times. Photo Credit: Jaddy Liu on Unsplash)

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Darlene Estlow
November 14, 2022

Father, I pray you would use the upheavel in China to bring your life there. Protect your children who live in China and give them boldness ands courage in sharing your word. Turn the hearts of the leaders to you, Father. We praise your name for you always use the problems to bring people to you.

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Maria Fillyaw
November 14, 2022

Dear Jesus we pray for Your hand on our brothers and sisters in China that they will be a light in this country of China. We pray for your hand on all the people. Protect our country Lord Jesus from these problems that they are facing in Jesus name may our Faith grow more and more each day in your name Jesus amen

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