Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2023. 9:09 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Today, Chinese officials announced that the country’s population fell for the first time in 6 decades in 2022, Reuters report.
China’s National Bureau of Statistics reported a drop of about 850,000 people for a population of 1.41175 billion in 2022.
This marks the first decline since 1961, the last year of China’s Great Famine.
This latest data could suggest that India is now the world’s most populous nation.
U.N. experts say that China’s population could shrink by 109 million by 2050.
Demographer Yi Fuxian says that China’s demographic and economic outlook is much bleaker than expected.
“China will have to adjust its social, economic, defense and foreign policies,” Yi said.
The country’s birth rate for 2022, was 6.77 births per 1,000 people, down from a rate of 7.52 births in 2021 and marking the lowest birth rate on record.
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