Demographics of the People's Republic of China

Book review: China's Urban Billion, by Tom Miller

Over the past 30 years, China's urban population has increased by 500 million and it is planning to add another 300 million by 2030. Photo: AFP

This is a lively and readable book about one of the biggest challenges for the mainland's rulers over the next 20 years: how to build well-planned and affordable cities for the one billion people who will live in them by 2030?

Monday, 14 January, 2013, 3:55pm

Pressure on population policies

China is ageing rapidly, its migrant population has grown dramatically and almost half the population lives in urban areas, the mainland's latest once-a-decade census has found.

29 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Six million get ready to knock on doors

There's a buzz at the Anzhen sub-district government office building in Beijing, as census staff busy themselves carrying boxes of brochures and reusable shopping bags to be transported to neighbourhoods and handed out to residents.

1 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Loosen one-child policy, think tank urges in party paper

The one-child policy should be loosened further by allowing more couples to have two children, the head of a population think tank argued yesterday in an article in the Communist Party mouthpiece, People's Daily.

5 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Rural population dwindles 80m, migrant workers up 60m in decade

The number of rural dwellers on the mainland dropped by more than 80 million between 1996 and 2006, according to a national rural census released yesterday.

22 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

China's blessing - its 400m missing people

Even before the 17th Party Congress began last week, it was clear that at least one programme was not going to change: the one-child policy. 'Because China has worked hard over the past 30 years, we have 400 million fewer people,' Zhang Weiqing , minister in charge of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, said this year.

25 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Families shrink as growth of population curbed: census

Population growth has been brought under control thanks to the country's family planning policy, China's top census official said yesterday.

29 Mar 2001 - 12:00am

Home Affairs Bureau defends survey of ethnic minorities

Pressure groups have misconceived ideas about the Government's first survey of ethnic minorities, according to a Home Affairs Bureau official.

The $350,000 survey, conducted for the bureau by ACNielsen, is the first attempt to determine the demographic profile of non-Chinese and identify their needs and difficulties.

5 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Flawed census system calling out for change, say demographers

The apparent failure of census-takers to carry out their task is likely to lead to reforms of China's household registration system, demographers claim.

The census, which ended yesterday, was extended from 10 to 15 days because in many areas, the tallies failed to match those in the household registration data kept in local police stations.

16 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

World's biggest census begins as assurances of secrecy fail to appease sceptical citizens

The world's biggest census starts today when five million census-takers and one million supervisors spread out in a 10-day effort to discover just how many Chinese there are on the mainland.

This is the most ambitious of the five such efforts undertaken since 1949 and a test of the trust between the Government and its subjects. The others were in 1953, 1964, 1982 and 1990.

1 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

The fall and rise of China's population

The population of China just keeps on growing. It is the most populous country in the world. There are about 1.2 billion people on the mainland. Every fifth baby born in the world is Chinese. These facts cover pretty much everything the average citizen of the world knows about the mainland's population. They are short, snappy, simple to remember - and more than a little misleading.

24 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Tibet fears sparked by China flood of workers

Hundreds of thousands of Han Chinese are to be moved into Tibet to work in copper mines, in a move certain to raise concern about dilution of the indigenous population.

The mines are being developed in an exploration costing more than 10 billion yuan (HK$9.29 billion) over the next five years.

2 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

Peasants seek life in city

CHINA'S first major survey of rural migration has shown nearly half its 450 million peasants want to move to cities or have already done so.

The survey of 4,000 households in eighty villages in eight provinces showed 12 per cent had migrated to the cities. A further 37 per cent said they wanted to leave the land.

18 Jun 1995 - 12:00am

Rules eased for city job seekers

THE mobility of Chinese urban residents will be substantially enhanced next year as part of the nationwide drive to revamp the outdated household registration system.

The new policy, which comes into effect in January, aims to ease the restrictions for job seekers in cities, according to sources in Beijing.

8 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Growing dependants

CHINA's one-child policy, combined with its growing number of elderly people, will place enormous pressure on family ties in the future, says Professor Jing Qicheng of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

2 May 1994 - 12:00am