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: AFP
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: AFP

China population: ‘dire reality’ of crisis underlined as coronavirus blamed for tumbling 2020 births

  • Chinese mothers gave birth to just 12 million babies last year, down from 14.65 million in 2019, as the overall population grew to just 1.412 billion in 2020
  • Researchers at Renmin University found the coronavirus particularly dampened the willingness of women under 30 to give birth last year

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: AFP
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: AFP
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