May 11, 2021 – 09:17
China’s population has grown at the slowest pace in decades, according to government data released on Tuesday.
The average annual growth rate was 0.53% over the last 10 years, compared to 0.57% growth between 2000 and 2010, bringing the population to 1.41 billion.
The results add to pressure on Beijing to step up measures for couples to have more children and avoid population decline.
The results were announced after the once-a-decade population census, which was originally expected to come out in April.
The census was conducted in late 2020, where about seven million enumerators had gone door-to-door to gather information from Chinese households.
Given the large number of people surveyed, it is considered the most complete resource for China’s population, which is important for future planning./a2cnn