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Local government in China to play cupid for Luanzhou singles

Beijing, Dec 29 (EFE).- A regional government in China has started creating a database on bachelors and bachelorettes that they can use to find their matches in the region.

Interested singles will have to give information like their names, gender, age, and financial situation to become part of the bachelor database in Luanzhou in Hebei Province of north China.

The local government responded to a request from a netizen on an online portal.

The netizen said the singles in the region were facing difficulties meeting people of the opposite sex.

The author said if the local government solved their problem, the young people could “concentrate better in the work.”

The town of 520,000 people has set up three “matchmaking corners” in high-traffic areas such as parks and zoos where singles and their parents exchange information in the hope of finding a partner.

The city has also organized two events to know the singles in the city.

It is estimated that there are more than 200 million singles in China, which is in a difficult demographic situation, even though the government this year allowed couples to have three children.

The one-child policy, abandoned in 2015, had added to the traditional Chinese preference for male children.

It caused a significant decline in the sex ratio with 42 million more men than women in 2017, the World Bank data showed.

The year 2020 marked the seventh in a row in which the number of marriages fell.

However, the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted life, especially in the first quarter.

The number of births in China fell for the fourth consecutive year in 2020, with 12 million compared to 14.65 million in 2019.

The fertility rate was 1.3 children per woman, below 2.1 estimated by the United Nations to maintain a stable population. EFE


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