Runners run along the Bund across from Lujiazui Financial District in Shanghai, China, on Saturday, April 10, 2021.
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BEIJING – The Chinese census once a decade showed that the national population of the mainland as of November 1, 2020 was 1.41 billion people.
The average annual growth rate has been 0.53% in the last 10 years, according to the results of the seventh national census released on Tuesday.
This is less than the average annual growth rate of 0.57% between 2000 and 2010.
The population survey, conducted late last year, was originally scheduled to be published in April.
According to the data, in 2019, the population of mainland China increased by 4.67 million to just over 1.4 billion people official figures of the Central Bureau of Statistics.
A few years ago, Chinese authorities began abolishing the decades-old “one-child policy” and allowing people to have two children. But births kept falling, a 15% drop in 2020 in the fourth consecutive year it falls.
Earlier this year, researchers from the National Bank of China have published a paper calling for the complete removal of birth restrictions. The article also made other suggestions to encourage more births, while describing how China’s aging population is putting the country at an economic disadvantage for the US and India.