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Weak economy, COVID rampage likely shrank China's population again in 2023

HONG KONG, Jan 9 (Reuters) - China's population likely dropped for a second consecutive year in 2023 due to a surge in COVID-related deaths after the country abruptly ended strict lockdowns, while...

Births in China slide 10% to hit their lowest on record

BEIJING, Oct 12 (Reuters) - The number of births in China tumbled 10% last year to hit their lowest level on record - a drop that comes despite a slew of government efforts to support parents and amid...

China weighs giving single women IVF access to stem population decline

As China tries to slow its demographic decline, women like Chen Luojin could be part of the solution. The divorced 33-year-old lives in Chengdu, capital of the southwestern Sichuan province, which ...

India's population will pass China's soon, but when exactly?

India should surpass China’s population midway through this year, according to the latest projection from the United Nations. That’s of course unless it’s happened already – or happens ...

India to overtake China as world's most populous country: UN

India is on course to overtake China as the most populous country on the planet by the second half of the year, new UN estimates published on Wednesday predict. The United Nations Population Fund...

East Asia grapples with an aging society

"I'm afraid to have children," Seha [surname withheld], a resident of Seoul, the South Korean capital, told DW. Although she feels it would bring her happiness, the 22-year-old believes ...

China faces economic collapse before 2030: Peter Zeihan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Geopolitical analyst and consultant Peter Zeihan discussed the economic, demographic, and political landscape in East Asia with Taiwan News in early February. Zeihan, w...

China's falling birthrate: What Beijing needs to do now

The legacy of China's one-child policy, introduced in the late 1970s to address a huge population spurt but scrapped six years ago, has truly come home to roost. Last year, the country's rough...

Threats, advantages seen in China's shrinking population

BEIJING (AP) — For seven decades, China's Communist Party has ruled the world's most populous country. As the nation's population crests and begins to shrink, experts say, it will face challenges rang...

China's first population drop in six decades sounds alarm on demographic crisis

China's population fell last year for the first time in six decades, a historic turn that is expected to mark the start of a long period of decline in its citizen numbers with profound implication...

China records 1st population fall in decades as births drop

BEIJING (AP) — China has announced its first population decline in decades as what has been the world's most populous nation ages and its birthrate plunges. The National Bureau of S...

China announces first population decline since 1961

China's population in 2022 shrank for the first time in over 60 years as the world's most populous nation sees an aging society and falling birth rate. The country's population stood at a...

Step up to save Chinese lives

TAICHUNG (Taiwan News) — The news coming out of China is utterly heartbreaking. In what are allegedly the leaked minutes of the Dec. 21 meeting of China's National Health Commission (NHC)...

As world population hits 8 billion, China frets over too few babies

BEIJING/HONG KONG, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Chinese software developer Tang Huajun loves playing with his two-year-old in their apartment on the outskirts of Beijing but he said he is unlikely to have anoth...

How China wants to become a football heavyweight

"I call it robot football," says Lars Isecke as he describes what he often sees in Chinese youth football training. The coaches work a lot with recurring drills. "Two players face each ...