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China’s population is growing at its slowest pace in decades, with the country adding only 72 million people in the past decade, the Census data showed.(File photo)

China allows 3 children in landmark volte-face

By Sutirtho Patranobis, Beijing
PUBLISHED ON JUN 01, 2021 05:05 AM IST
  • China, the most populous country in the world, is burdened with an ageing citizenry despite scrapping the decades-old one-child policy in 2016, which did not show the desired growth in population needed to sustain the world’s second-largest economy in the long run.
Soldiers of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) fire a mortar during a live-fire military exercise in Anhui province, China. (REUTERS )
Soldiers of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) fire a mortar during a live-fire military exercise in Anhui province, China. (REUTERS )

Falling fertility rates pose challenges for Chinese military

ANI | , Beijing
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2021 06:34 PM IST
China's once-a-decade census, released this month, showed that 12 million babies were born in the last year, the lowest since 1961, during the Great Famine, reported South China Morning Post (SCMP).
India has maintained a fertility rate of around 2.3, which indicates that its population may surpass China’s by 2023 or 2024, He Yafu, an independent demographer, said.(PTI | Representational image)
India has maintained a fertility rate of around 2.3, which indicates that its population may surpass China’s by 2023 or 2024, He Yafu, an independent demographer, said.(PTI | Representational image)

India may cross China as most populous sooner than thought

By Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 2021 03:14 AM IST
The latest data puts China on course to be overtaken by India as the most populous country, which is expected to happen by the year 2025.
A staff member waits to hand out a copy of a news release outlining the results of China's latest population census before a press conference at the State Council Information Office in Beijing, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. China's population growth is falling closer to zero as fewer couples have children, the government announced Tuesday, adding to strains on an aging society with a shrinking workforce. (AP)
A staff member waits to hand out a copy of a news release outlining the results of China's latest population census before a press conference at the State Council Information Office in Beijing, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. China's population growth is falling closer to zero as fewer couples have children, the government announced Tuesday, adding to strains on an aging society with a shrinking workforce. (AP)

China's population grew only 5% over past decade, shows census data

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 11, 2021 08:34 AM IST
China's birthrate has been in steady decline since 2017, despite Beijing's relaxation of the decades-old "one-child policy" in order to try and avert a looming demographic crisis.
An elderly woman receives the China National Biotec Group Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine in China's southwestern Chongqing. (AFP)
An elderly woman receives the China National Biotec Group Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine in China's southwestern Chongqing. (AFP)

Dire warning for China: Births may fall below 10 million annually

By Sutirtho Patranobis, Beijing
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2021 12:16 AM IST
China should quickly abolish the policy to limit two children per family otherwise births in the world’s most populous country could slide below 10 million annually in the next five years, an expert told state media on Monday
Pedestrians and a child wearing a child harness walks along a pedestrian shopping area in Shanghai, China.(Bloomberg)
Pedestrians and a child wearing a child harness walks along a pedestrian shopping area in Shanghai, China.(Bloomberg)

China considering ending birth limits as soon as 2018 to help economy: Report

Bloomberg News | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2018 01:09 PM IST
Population-control policy will allow people to decide how many children to have and it would close the book on one of the largest social experiments in human history.
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