China’s overall population rose to 1.412 billion in 2020, but the number of new births fell for a fourth consecutive year to 12 million. Photo: AP
China’s overall population rose to 1.412 billion in 2020, but the number of new births fell for a fourth consecutive year to 12 million. Photo: AP

China population: tumbling regional births underline crisis, could force Beijing to ‘double down’ on policies

  • China’s population grew to 1.412 billion in 2020 despite births falling to 12 million last year, prompting authorities to roll-out policy changes and invectives
  • But Chizhou city in Anhui province says its number of births in the first 10 months of the year plummeted by 21 per cent compared to a year earlier

Topic |   China's population
China’s overall population rose to 1.412 billion in 2020, but the number of new births fell for a fourth consecutive year to 12 million. Photo: AP
China’s overall population rose to 1.412 billion in 2020, but the number of new births fell for a fourth consecutive year to 12 million. Photo: AP
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