It’s official: China’s population has reached 1.34 billion. The National Bureau of Statistics this week revealed the updated data, pointing out that over the past year the population had increased by 6.3 million – at the low end of demographer forecasts. The Shanghai Daily termed it “a modest jump for a massive population” and mentioned that it was leading some experts to suggest a relaxation in the generation-old one-child policy. The Associated Press quoting Cai Yong at the University of Carolina, also warmed to the theme, saying that the population is now growing mainly because people are living longer. Cai also says more births are needed to cope with a growing elderly demographic – around 450 million Chinese will be over 60 by 2050. Unless China’s birth rate increases its ranking as the world’s most populous nation will be ceded to India in 2025.
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