Time.news – The Chinese population rose to 1.411 billion people in 2020, with the slowest growth rate ever recorded. This was revealed by the data of the seventh national census, presented by the National Statistics Office, which confirm China as the first country in the world by population, despite the increase being “slight” – as defined by the director, Ning Jizhe – for a total of 72.06 million more people than in the 2010 census, and a growth of 5.38%.
China’s average annual population growth was 0.53 percent over the decade covered by the census, down from 0.57 percent in the first ten years of the twenty-first century, the lowest growth rate since China began the census. data collection for the 1953 census.
In 2016, the target was set to reach a population of 1.42 billion people at the end of last year, the first since the end of the decades-long one-child policy, whose repeal did not, however, have the result of increasing births. According to the data presented today, 12 million babies were born in 2020, down 22% compared to 14.65 million births registered in 2019, continuing for the fourth consecutive year in the downward trend.