New census data shows the population in China’s eastern provinces rose by 2.15 percentage points to nearly 40 per cent of the total population in 2020 from a decade earlier. Photo: Getty Images New census data shows the population in China’s eastern provinces rose by 2.15 percentage points to nearly 40 per cent of the total population in 2020 from a decade earlier. Photo: Getty Images
New census data shows the population in China’s eastern provinces rose by 2.15 percentage points to nearly 40 per cent of the total population in 2020 from a decade earlier. Photo: Getty Images

China’s rust belt population plummeted in last decade, exacerbating regional economic divide

  • China’s three northeastern rust belt provinces – Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning – lost more than 30 per cent of their population between 2010 and 2020
  • Prosperous provinces in China’s east continued to grow, making up nearly 40 per cent of total population in 2020, up 2.5 percentage points from a decade earlier

Topic |   China census and demographics 2021
New census data shows the population in China’s eastern provinces rose by 2.15 percentage points to nearly 40 per cent of the total population in 2020 from a decade earlier. Photo: Getty Images New census data shows the population in China’s eastern provinces rose by 2.15 percentage points to nearly 40 per cent of the total population in 2020 from a decade earlier. Photo: Getty Images
New census data shows the population in China’s eastern provinces rose by 2.15 percentage points to nearly 40 per cent of the total population in 2020 from a decade earlier. Photo: Getty Images
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