China’s seventh national census confirmed the number of new births fell for the fourth consecutive year in 2020. Photo: AFP
China’s seventh national census confirmed the number of new births fell for the fourth consecutive year in 2020. Photo: AFP

China population: plunging regional births drive home ‘severity’ of demographic crisis

  • Local government data for the first six months of the year has offered new insight into China‘s declining number of births
  • Experts say the country’s low fertility rate and ageing society is likely to affect how globally competitive it is in the future

China’s seventh national census confirmed the number of new births fell for the fourth consecutive year in 2020. Photo: AFP
China’s seventh national census confirmed the number of new births fell for the fourth consecutive year in 2020. Photo: AFP
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