The latest Chinese census, completed last December but the results of which have not yet been released, will report a total population of less than 1.4 billion. This could have various consequences. The latest Chinese census, completed last December but not yet released, will report a total population of less than 1.4 billion, the Financial Times said on its front page, citing sources familiar with the matter. 2019 has reported that China’s population has exceeded 1.4 billion. The newspaper quoted experts from the China and Globalization think tank as saying that the results of the census will have a big impact on how the Chinese people view the country and the work of various government departments, so “officials will have to be very careful about it.
According to a report in the Financial Times, China’s population fell to less than 1.4 billion. The Central News Agency quoted the report as saying that China has delayed the release of the latest census results, with the British media Financial Times citing sources familiar with the matter as saying that according to the latest census, China’s total population is less than 1.4 billion, which would be the first population decline in about 60 years. The latest Chinese census, the results of which have not yet been released, will report that the country’s total population is less than 1.4 billion. This means that China’s population could be overtaken by India, which has 1.38 billion people, ahead of schedule. In addition, the population decline has significant implications for China’s economic development, consumption power, and retirement issues.
China conducts its 10-yearly national census from Nov. 1 to Dec. 10, 2020. At the time, Xinhua reported that more than 7 million census takers conducted a comprehensive census of more than 1.4 billion people, and after data processing, evaluation, and aggregation, key census data will be released starting in April 2021. According to the official statement, China’s population will exceed 1.4 billion people by the end of 2019.
China’s population grew between 1959 and 1961, with the exception of the Great Leap Forward, which led to a famine and a decline in population. The upcoming census data could be another turning point.
On March 15, Liu Aihua, spokesman for China’s National Bureau of Statistics, stated that the census had reached the final stage of review and consolidation, and that he intended to hold a briefing in early April. However, on April 16, Liu Aihua announced that the census results would strive for an early release because “the seventh national census is prepared to release more and more detailed information on top of the information released in the sixth national census, while significantly increasing the number of census bulletins”, thus increasing the workload.
Prior to this, there was already a lot of speculation that the census results would cause a stir because of the significant drop in population. The official delay in releasing the data has reinforced that view.
According to the report, Chinese media reports on local populations have also been revealing in the past month, with at least 26 prefecture-level cities disclosing corresponding demographic information, including eight with negative natural population growth rates, even in the relatively economically developed Jiangsu province, where Taizhou, Yangzhou, Zhenjiang, Changzhou and Wuxi all have negative natural population growth. family planning policy, allowing all couples to have two children. Official data show that the number of newborns in China grew in 2016, but then declined for three consecutive years.