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China's 1-child policy attacked

world Updated: Oct 28, 2011 01:01 IST

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A Chinese claim that without its government's severe family planning limits world population would have hit the 7-billion mark years earlier is drawing fire from demographers who call it baseless and unscientific.

A report by Xinhua that was said China is responsible for preventing 400 million births with its one-child policy - restrictions that were launched three decades ago.

Many demographers deny that the one-child policy curbed 400 million births and say China's methods must not be copied.