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China's population may have peaked last year as birthrate falls


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China’s population growth rate has fallen to its lowest level in six decades.

Despite major government efforts to increase population growth and stave off a demographic crisis.

10.62 million babies were born in 2021 compared to 10.14 million deaths, which equals 0.034% growth.

2010s had an annual average rise of 0.53%, and the decade before 0.57%, so continuing to fall.

Proportion of over-60s in China rose from 18.7% in 2020 to 18.9%.

China’s total population may have reached its peak in 2021.

Beijing has raised the retirement age and replaced its two-child policy with a three-child policy.

It has also pledged better access to childcare and maternity leave.

Could be the start of a prolonged population decline in China.

Government policies have not reversed long-term decline in population growth