As per Beijing‘s Census results, China’s population has grown more than five per cent over the past decade to pass 1.4 billion people.
Unveiling its census results China says that its birthrate has been in steady decline since 2017. This comes despite Beijing’s relaxation of the decades-old ‘one-child policy’ in order to try and avert a looming demographic crisis.
The data shows that the population of China maintained a mild growth momentum in the past decade.
Moreover, this increase of 5.4 percent over the last 10 years comes amid fears that an ageing population and slowing birth rate may pose a demographic crisis for China.
China conducts a census every ten years. It determines its population growth, movement patterns and other trends with this census.
This sensitive data plays a major role in government policy planning. China had changed family planning rules in 2016.
But there is still a growing concern over the policy change that is yet to produce the expected baby boom to help offset the China’s ageing population.
China recorded its slowest birthrate since 1949 for the year 2019, at 10.48 per 1,000 people. Preliminary data suggests that the birthrate was also down significantly in 2020. Yet the number of actual births has not been announced.
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