Children in Xianghe county, Hebei province, learn the traditional art of paper-cutting during their summer vacation. The over-reporting of student in enrolment in Chinese schools points to a bigger problem with obtaining an accurate population count. Photo: Xinhua
Yi Fuxian
Opinion

Opinion

Yi Fuxian

China’s population numbers are almost certainly inflated to hide the harmful legacy of its family planning policy

  • China has inflated its population data so much that its status as the world’s most populous country may be false
  • This happens so provinces can get education subsidies and Beijing can hide the results of decades of family planning

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Children in Xianghe county, Hebei province, learn the traditional art of paper-cutting during their summer vacation. The over-reporting of student in enrolment in Chinese schools points to a bigger problem with obtaining an accurate population count. Photo: Xinhua
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