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World's population to hit 7.2 billion next month, says UN report

The population of the world will reach 7.2 billion next month and 10.9 billion by 2100, with most of the growth a result of high birth rates in the developing world, the UN says.

Saturday, 15 June, 2013, 2:56am

Population size is only one factor in influencing property prices

During a recent discussion with business school students at Tsinghua University the question arose as to whether real estate prices would fall if populations began declining. This is certainly likely, yet it is still just one possibility, and the notion that fewer people leads to lower property prices is not always destiny.

1 May 2013 - 3:44am 1 comment

Briefs, March 6, 2013

Communist Party chief Xi Jinping said it takes courage for China to embrace new paradigms and to break vested interests groups' resistance in order to push deep reforms. 

6 Mar 2013 - 3:50am

One-child policy needs big changes, and soon

Beijing's top family planning official recently dismissed speculation that the one-child policy will be scrapped this year. Wang Xia, minister of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, says it will be around "for a long time". This does not inspire much confidence in the goal of the 12th five-year plan to revise the policy by 2015.

3 Feb 2013 - 6:34am 4 comments

Hole in Hong Kong's population figures revealed

Pressure over Hong Kong's population policies increased yesterday after the government admitted it had no idea how many foreigners and mainlanders lived in the city.

1 Feb 2013 - 11:09am 26 comments

Singapore population push puts spotlight on Hong Kong

The Lion City unveiled ambitious plans yesterday to open its doors to hundreds of thousands of expatriate workers. It was inspired by concerns about the falling birth rate and ageing population, which mirror those in Hong Kong.

30 Jan 2013 - 11:14am 16 comments

About time China grew out of the one-child policy

Mainland officials in charge of statistics are not known for flagging areas of concern when they meet the press at regular briefings and present the latest economic data. Instead, they always try to highlight positive numbers, while glossing over the disappointing figures.

21 Jan 2013 - 5:32am 2 comments

Hong Kong fails in attempt to halt 20-year slide in birth rate

Researchers about to launch Hong Kong's largest demographic survey say attempts to halt the 20-year decline in the city's birth rate have proved ineffective. And they suggested alternative policies could have increased the birth rate by nearly a third.

16 Jan 2013 - 10:44am 9 comments

Population minister Wang Xia says one-child policy here to stay

Measures to keep the national birth rate low are going to be around "for a long time", according to the top family planning official. She dismissed speculation the one-child policy would be scrapped this year.

However, Wang Xia said that authorities would gradually ease restrictions for certain people.

16 Jan 2013 - 10:40am 1 comment

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

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?

14 Jan 2013 - 3:55pm

Half of 170,000 babies of mainland mothers 'may return to live in Hong Kong'

As many as half of the 170,000 babies born in Hong Kong to mainland parents may aspire to live in the city, the government says.

That was the estimate given to the Long-Term Housing Strategy Steering Committee yesterday, member Michael Choi Ngai-min said.

6 Jan 2013 - 4:06am

Briefs, January 2, 2013

Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday told his special envoy to Seoul to work towards improving ties with South Korea, describing it as Tokyo's most important neighbour. Abe plans to send lawmaker and former finance minister Fukushiro Nukaga to Seoul to meet president-elect Park Geun-hye on Friday, in an attempt to improve relations soured by a rumbling row over disputed islands. 

2 Jan 2013 - 6:11am

Number of quality migrant applicants rises 10pc in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has seen an increase of nearly 10 per cent in the number of well-qualified people who want to live here, says the Immigration Department. Most of those approved were from the mainland.

In the first 11 months of the year, 1,834 people applied for admission under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme - 9.5 per cent more than in the whole of last year - the department said.

27 Dec 2012 - 8:39am 9 comments

Genetic testing and IVF boost population of Israel's Samaritans

When Ben Altif got engaged to his first cousin Mazal, there was no problem winning the blessing of their families or the Samaritan high priest, who leads their ancient Israelite sect. Marriage between cousins is common in the religious community.

12 Dec 2012 - 4:00am

CY Leung and the dangers of fishing boat diplomacy

If the Diaoyu Islands or the Senkaku Islands, as the Japanese call them, did not exist, it would be necessary to invent them, to paraphrase Voltaire. Why so? Just look at the furious outpouring of nationalism on the mainland over the weekend.

21 Aug 2012 - 7:31am