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China sees over 9m marriages last year

Updated: Jan 20,2020 09:03 AM    Xinhua

BEIJING — More than 9.47 million marriages were registered in China last year, down from 10.1 million in 2018, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

The marriage rate in China has continued to decline since 2014 as a result of less population born due to the implementation of family planning policy in the 1970s and 1980s, said Yang Zongtao, an official with the ministry at a regular news conference held in Beijing on Jan 19, noting that changing concepts about marriage have also played a part.

Civil affairs authorities would further combat marital fraud by developing a nationwide online database for marriage credit, and work out measures to limit extravagance in wedding ceremonies, said Yang.

China also registered about 4.15 million divorces in 2019.

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