Shoppers check out offerings from Beijing souvenir shops last October. China’s working-age population dropped to 63 per cent in 2020 from 70 per cent a decade earlier, according to the latest census figures. Photo: Bloomberg Shoppers check out offerings from Beijing souvenir shops last October. China’s working-age population dropped to 63 per cent in 2020 from 70 per cent a decade earlier, according to the latest census figures. Photo: Bloomberg
Shoppers check out offerings from Beijing souvenir shops last October. China’s working-age population dropped to 63 per cent in 2020 from 70 per cent a decade earlier, according to the latest census figures. Photo: Bloomberg
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Census figures add up to a huge challenge for China’s policymakers

  • Data may not have been as bleak as some predicted with the country having more people today than in 2010, but the time is fast approaching when that will not be the case and Beijing needs to ensure a fine balance between policy, development and resource demand

Shoppers check out offerings from Beijing souvenir shops last October. China’s working-age population dropped to 63 per cent in 2020 from 70 per cent a decade earlier, according to the latest census figures. Photo: Bloomberg Shoppers check out offerings from Beijing souvenir shops last October. China’s working-age population dropped to 63 per cent in 2020 from 70 per cent a decade earlier, according to the latest census figures. Photo: Bloomberg
Shoppers check out offerings from Beijing souvenir shops last October. China’s working-age population dropped to 63 per cent in 2020 from 70 per cent a decade earlier, according to the latest census figures. Photo: Bloomberg
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