China’s economic slowdown is accelerating, and the unemployment rate is rising. According to China News, the “2022 Graduation Season Research and Analysis Report” found that as of May 29, only 29% of the college graduates have been able to find a job or had a job offer.
In this regard, Liang Jianzhang, a Chinese economist and professor at Peking University, gave controversial advice to unemployed young people during a financial summit from June 16 to 18.
He suggested those who had not found any jobs should use this time to study more and improve themselves while waiting for China’s economic situation to improve. Or, they can get married and have children during this period.
The advice then received backlash from Chinese netizens.
One left a joking comment: “Chairman Liang, if you have a daughter, I really want to marry her, as long as she dares to marry me.”
One wrote, “Why are there so many experts who talk nonsense.” Another netizen said that professor Liang’s advice is only for the rich.
Professor Liang was also criticized for his controversial remarks regarding China’s low fertility rate in the past. When the National Bureau of Statistics released the 2020 figures showing the lowest new births and birth rates since the founding of the Communist Party, Liang believed that China’s birth and fertility rates would continue to decline in the next decade.
The economist suggested that the government should reward 1 million RMB (about 150,000 dollars) for each child born. He argued, “The future child, probably his lifetime income may exceed 10 million. Using the 20% social security or income tax ratio, his contribution to social security or the treasury is much more than 1 million. This part of social security and financial contribution will benefit not only families with children, but families without children. “