17 January 2023

Chinas Population Declining for First Time in Nearly 60 Years

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Beijing, January 17 (QNA) - Chinas population shrank last year for the first time in nearly six decades, official data showed on Tuesday, as a demographic crisis threatens the worlds most populous country.
According to Chinas National Bureau of Statistics, "by the end of 2022, the countrys population will reach 1,411,750,000 people", indicating "a decrease of 0.85 million people compared to 2021".
According to the statistics service, in 2022 there were 9.56 million births and 10.41 million deaths in the country.
The country of 1.4 billion people has seen its birth rate drop to a record low as its workforce ages, a rapid decline that analysts warn could hurt economic growth and put pressure on public coffers.
The last time Chinas population declined was in 1960, when the country faced the worst famine in its modern history due to Mao Zedongs agricultural policies, known as the Great Leap Forward.
In 2016, China ended the "one-child policy" imposed in the 1980s over fears of massive population growth, and in 2021 began allowing couples to have three children. But this measure failed to reverse the demographic decline. (QNA)


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