If you think China is crowded now, just wait until 2030.
That’s the year that the State Council projects that the country’s population will peak at a whopping 1.45 billion people.
Earlier this week, the National Bureau of Statistics announced that China’s total population stood at 1.38 billion by the end of 2016. Which means that China only needs to add another 70 million people in the next 13 years. Seems doable, right?
Then, it’s all downhill from there.
In fact, one scholar ignited a heated discussion last year after estimating that China’s population would drop below 1 billion by the end of the century. Some researchers believe it will plummet even lower than that.
China’s birth rate last year was at its highest level since 2000 following the scrapping of the one-child policy in favor of a two-child one. In the coming decade, Beijing hopes to encourage families to have multiple kids with the country facing a looming demographic disaster as the number of retirees rises and the working population falls.
However, many parents have insisted that they don’t want a second kid, reasoning that raising one child in modern China is difficult enough.
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