Faced with a worrying demographic crisis of its own making, China is encouraging couples to have more children.
There’s just one problem: women aren’t too keen on the idea.
In a bid to mitigate the economic risks posed by falling birthrates, the party announced in 2015 that it would allow married couples to have two children. But after a brief uptick in 2016, the national birth rate has been falling year-on-year — prompting the party to loosen the policy even further to three children.
Still, the public doesn’t appear convinced. Many argued that raising three children would be prohibitively expensive, and out of reach for most urban couples, many of whom face stagnating wages, fewer job opportunities, and grueling hours at work.
of one’s own making：慣用語，（某人）自找的，（某人）自作自受的。例句：All the ordeals you endured are of your own making.（你承受的所有磨難都是你自找的。）
keen，形容詞，熱心的，熱衷的，敏銳的，鋒利的。例句：She has been keen on triathlon since high school.（她打從高中起就很熱衷三鐵。）
out of reach ：片語，夠不著，力所不及。