China’s once-a-decade census shows that the number of births keeps falling while the country continues to age rapidly. Photo: AP
China’s once-a-decade census shows that the number of births keeps falling while the country continues to age rapidly. Photo: AP

China population: census results in question after township suddenly reports 31 per cent plunge in permanent residents

  • News goes viral online, and demographer suspects grass-roots officials ‘falsely reported the population on the census’
  • Internet users ask whether similar adjustments will be made elsewhere, or if this was simply a matter of residents leaving a small township after the census

China’s once-a-decade census shows that the number of births keeps falling while the country continues to age rapidly. Photo: AP
China’s once-a-decade census shows that the number of births keeps falling while the country continues to age rapidly. Photo: AP
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