China’s population will decline in 2022, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.
The drop was the first since the early 1960s, according to Yi Fuxian, a critic of China’s one-child policy and author of “Big Country With an Empty Nest.”
Mainland China‘s population, excluding foreigners, dropped by 850,000 people in 2022 to 1.41 billion, the statistics bureau said.
The country recorded 9.56 million births and 10.41 million deaths in 2022.
In 2021, China’s population grew by the slowest growth on record.
Mainland China’s population, excluding foreigners, increased by 480,000 to 1.41 billion people at the end of 2021, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.
New births on the continent dropped 13% in 2021 to 10.62 million babies, the data showed. In 2020, new births dropped by 22%, according to the data.
Separately, over the weekend, Chinese health authorities reported nearly 60,000 Covid-related deaths in Chinese hospitals between Dec. 8, 2022, and Jan. 12, 2023. 3 years, officials said.
With information from Gazeta Brasil